Donal R. “Don” Gordon, 71, of North Liberty, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Lantern Park Nursing and Rehab Center in Coralville surrounded by his family.
Funeral services were held April 14 at Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service in Iowa City. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Don’s memory to Iowa City Hospice. Online condolences may be sent to his family at www.gayandciha.com.
Donal Reed Gordon was born June 16, 1942, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Donal “Chuck” and Margaret (Reed) Gordon. Don attended City High school. He married Myrna D. Oleson on Feb. 5, 1972, in Laurens. He spent his lifetime in the local area where he worked as a mechanic. In his younger days he loved to drag race and was a lifelong Packers fan. He was a great husband and dad. He loved coaching his son’s ball teams, being a Boy Scout leader, and sharing his love of outdoor activities with them. He was a gifted woodworker and craftsman, and enjoyed working with his hands, including designing and building their home. Later in life as the granddaughters came along, nothing made him prouder than being Papa.
Don’s family includes his wife, Myrna; sons and their wives, Joe (Sara) Gordon of Swisher, and Jeff (Krissy) Gordon of North Liberty; three granddaughters, Greta, Eleanor, and Mabel; his brothers, Gary of Waterloo, Dick (Sheryl) and John (Mary) all of Iowa City; nieces and nephews; his brother-in-law, Ron (Dea) Oleson of Lacrosse, Wis.; his sister-in-law, Kathy Oleson of Naperville, Ill.; and several cousins.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; and his brother-in-law, Gary Oleson.
Don will always be remembered as a loving husband, dad, papa, brother, dear friend to many, and someone who was always willing to help anyone anytime.