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Frederick N. VanGordon

December 1, 1926 July 20, 2013
Frederick N. VanGordon
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Obituary for Frederick N. VanGordon

Frederick N. VanGordon, a long time resident of Milford, died at his home surrounded by his loving family on July 20, 2013. He was 86 years old.

Fred was born on December 1, 1926 in Hartford City, Indiana, one of eleven children of James and Zona Edwards VanGordon. He grew up in Hartford City, proudly served as a paratrooper in the United States Army and when he was twenty-two moved to Michigan where he began his work with General Motors. It was in Milford that he met Florence McFarlane. They fell in love and married on February 18, 1950 in the old St. Mary�s Catholic Church. They made their home on Dawson Road, and later on Canal Street where they raised their family for many years. Fred proudly worked as a skilled tradesman and vehicle builder with the General Motors Proving Ground for over twenty-eight years.

Fred was a true family man, a great husband and father. He taught his children well and enjoyed coaching their sports teams, taking them fishing at the Grounds or on Lake Sherwood, watching his beloved Detroit Tigers, and organizing travel and family vacations. He helped to build family homes and was always there as a master repairman for an automobile, appliance, or to help anyone with anything else that needed fixing. He was a great man and his honesty, integrity and great character will be dearly missed.

In addition to Florence, his beloved wife of over sixty-two years, he is survived by his sons, Bob (Barb), Don (Karen), and Jeff (Nadeen); his daughter, Patricia (Ray) Willis; daughter-in-law, Kathy; grandchildren, Jessica (Michael) Dabish, Kayla (Evan) Meinicke, Erin VanGordon, Jeffrey VanGordon, Jared VanGordon, Elizabeth (Scott) Janson, Devin (Uyen) Willis, Cynthia (Lonnie) Hutchins, Julie (Jason) Darr, Jill (Darrin) Loyer, Nikki (Kris) Jonsson, and Carey (Ryan) Parker; great grandchildren, Levi, Ryder Isaiah, Tyler, Cole, Logan, Avery, and Alex; siblings, Luther (Carolyn), Vivian (Val) Anderson, Chris (Jerry) Garrett, Bob (Betty), Harold (Marilyn) and Charles (Sue) VanGordon and many nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his son Ron, in 2011.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, on Tuesday, July 23, 2-9PM with a Scripture Service at 7:30PM.

A Funeral Service will be held at St. Mary Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, 1955 E. Commerce Road, Milford, on Wednesday, July 24, at 10:30AM. Friends may gather at the church after 10AM. Burial will follow at Milford Memorial Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Am. Diabetes Assoc. or to St. Mary�s Catholic Church.
For further information please phone 248-684-6645


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