Gerald M. Gordon
Gerald M. Gordon

VAN WERT, Ohio — Gerald M. Gordon, 54, of Van Wert, died 8:37 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at Lima Memorial. He was born May 2, 1964, in Van Wert, to the late James and Caralee (Weller) Gordon.

Gerald attended Crestview High School, graduating from Vantage Career Center in 1983. He married the love of his life, Joy Lape, on June 16, 1984. He worked for Kennedy Kit for 18 years before moving on as a sales manager at Ace Hardware. From Ace Hardware he went on to be the maintenance supervisor at Brumback Library and then at the Marsh Foundation.

As a gun enthusiast, Gerald was a lifetime member of the NRA and was also a member of the Northwest Turkey Federation. He served on the board of directors for the Lima Gun Club and the Van Wert County Fair Board. He enjoyed hunting, shooting guns, attending car shows, as well as camping and the outdoors. Gerald’s favorite activity was gathering around the fire pit at his house with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Gordon; children, Lindsey (Brad) Balliet, David Gordon; brother, Forest (Toni) Gordon; and sister, Lori (Tim) Waltz, all of Van Wert.

There will be celebration of Gerald’s life during an open house-style dinner from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at The Marsh Foundation’s Recreation Hall.

Preferred memorials are to the family or donor’s choice.

Arrangements entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory. Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.