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October 28, 2004

MELVIN RICHARD GORDY
(1/10/1920 - 10/23/2004)



Melvin Richard Gordy, age 84 of Medill, MO, died Saturday, October 23, 2004 in Keokuk Area Hospital.

He was born January 10, 1920 near Downing, in Scotland County, MO, a son of Thomas Anderson and Mabel Kinney Gordy.

He married Ethel March in 1945. She preceded him in death in 1970. Later he married Irene Jones Butler on February 6, 1984 who preceded him in death on December 21,2003.

Survivors include two brothers, Lowell Gordy and his wife, Linda, and Loyd Gordy and his wife, Louise, both of Arbela, MO; three sisters, Doris Everhart and her husband, Bill, of Carpentersville, IL, Betty Capps of Fayetteville, NC, and Lila Nicholas of Gassaway, WV; two step-sons, Roger C. Butler and his wife, Jeanette, of Alexandria, MO and Norman Butler and his wife, Shirley, of Kahoka, MO; two step-daughters, Neva Delphene Yates and Joyce McColm and her husband, Larry, of Kahoka, MO; a step-daughter-in-law, Sylvia Butler of Kahoka, MO; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gene Durham of Arbela, MO, Inge Gordy of Austell, GA, Dorothy Gordy of Bowling Green, MO, Raymond and Lavonne Jones of Fort Madison, IA and Julia Butler of Union, IA; 16 step-grandchildren; 25 step-great-grandchildren; 14 step-great-great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas A. Gordy and Mabel Gordy Sweeney; step-father, Herschell Sweeney; his first wife, Ethel, his second wife, Irene; three brothers, Alvin, Paul and Harold Gordy; a sister, Opal Durham; brother-in-law, Ernest Nicholas; two step-sons, Bobby and John Butler; and a step-son-in-law, Elmer Yates.

Melvin was a 1940 graduate of Granger High School and attended GI school. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was wounded twice, receiving the Purple Heart. As he and his brothers left for war each was given a pocket-sized New Testament by their mother. Melvin’s life was saved when a bullet ricocheted off of his Bible entering his ribs. His Bible was very dear to him all of his life and was a reminder of life given by the word of God.

Melvin had farmed all of his life in Scotland and Clark Counties. He worked very hard as a board member of Athen’s Park to obtain the status of state park to preserve the historic value. He attended the Athen United Methodist Church and later the Full Gospel and Luray Baptist Churches. He had enjoyed playing harmonica in Harold Shelton’s band for several years and entertaining at church and nursing homes.

Although he never had any children of his own, his younger siblings and their families, his step-grandchildren, and neighbors, were always welcome in his home and he was always happy when it was full of family and friends.

Funeral services were held October 27, 2004 at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Pastor Mark Lowman officiating. Special music was provided by John Spray, soloist. Kathy Wilson performed music on the piano. Pallbearers were Curtis Yates, Steve Yates, Mike McColm, Kevin Gordy, Brian Gordy, and Jim Wells.

Burial was in Barker Cemetery in rural Scotland County. Memorials were suggested to the Barker Cemetery.


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