In Memory

Frank Gordon (A-Mechanic) - Class of 1989

Frank Gordon (A-Mechanic)




Frank Gordon                  



RONAN — Franklin Arlington Gordon, 83, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Extended Care Facility in Ronan. He has gone on to his next assignment.

Frank was born at home to his parents, Stacey and Wilma Gordon on April 29, 1934, in Missoula. While he was a teenager, he worked with his father on road construction projects. He joined the Navy during the Korean Conflict, but did not serve on a ship. He spent his time repairing airplanes. He said he served in two foreign countries: California and Oklahoma.

In 1957, Frank married Zoe Nelson, and they moved to Trout Creek. He was employed by Bud King during the construction of the Noxon Rapids Dam (Montana) and the Paonia and Crawford Dams (Colorado). He also managed an Andesite rock crushing quarry near Lyons, Colorado, and owned a machine shop in Longmont, Colorado. In 1972, they decided to move back to Montana. They settled in Arlee with their three sons, Gary, Ken and Casey. Frank worked in Soda Springs, Idaho, Richland, Washington, and then in Alaska on the Trans Alaska Pipe Line. Two years on the north slope was enough for him and he came home to Montana, working for Waldorf Paper in Frenchtown for 15 years as a pipe fitter before retiring.

Frank loved to work on anything mechanical or electrical. His favorite hobby was building, repairing and using computers. After retirement, he and Zoe served a two-year mission in Columbia, South Carolina, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He has spent many years searching out his genealogy.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, his nephew, John Armstrong, his son Ken, his brothers-in-law, Ralph Jordan and Mert Armstrong, and his sister-in-law, Becky Gordon. He is survived by his wife, Zoe, at their home in Arlee, his sons, Gary (Patti) of Columbia Falls and Casey (Alison) of St. Paul, Minnesota, daughter-in-law, Cindy Gordon of Kalispell, five grandchildren: Daniel (Melanie), Steven, Mark, Hailee and Nathan, and two great-grandchildren, Kenley and Madelyn. He is survived by his siblings Marilyn Jordan, Sharon Armstrong, Stacey Gordon, and his many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in St. Ignatius, on Saturday, August 5, 2017.  Burial followed at the Jocko Valley Cemetery.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.