Rod was born in Canton, Ill., Nov. 29, 1950, the son of Ivan Dean and Nora Mary (Larkin) Gordon.
Rod grew up in London Mills, Ill., and graduated from Valley High School, in Rapatee, Ill., with the class of 1969.
He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1970. He served his country during the Vietnam War, as a postal clerk, and was honorably discharged in 1974. Rod worked for Gale Products in Galeburg, Ill., before beginning his work in coal mines. Rod was transferred to Clay City with Amax Coal Mine in 1984 and has called Clay City home ever since. Rod had also worked at the Chinook, Minnehaha and Nerco mines in Indiana. After the closing of the mines, Rod attended Ivy Tech Community College and received a degree in heating and air conditioning.
Rod was a member of the Clay City V.F.W. Post 6606, Hymera American Legion Post 298, where he served as Post Commander for two years, and the Farmington, Ill., Moose Lodge 1571. Rod enjoyed mushroom hunting, cutting wood and having bonfires, vacations to Florida and gardening and yard work.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dean and Noreen Gordon.
Rod is survived by his wife Carle (Engle), Clay City, formerly of Canton, Ill., daughter Tiffany Collins (Justin), Terre Haute, stepsons Chad Hedden, Plainfield, Craig Hedden (Lori), Clinton, and Wesley Davidson (Kristin), Berwyn, Ill., stepdaughters Angela Chapman (Mike), Dunfermline, Ill., and Jessica Koehl, Cuba, Ill., grandsons Race and Ryker Collins, step-grandsons Luke Hedden, Austin and Logan Chapman, step-granddaughters Dana, Haley, Holly and Gracie Hedden, and Giovanna Davidson, brother Ivan Gordon, Avon, Ill., as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services will be at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, Clay City, Monday, June 27, 2011, at 1 p.m., with Pastor Steve Rundel officiating.
Visitation, in Indiana, will be at the funeral home, from 11 a.m., until time of services. Services will take place in Avon, Ill., Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at 1 p.m., at Corman Funeral Home, with visitation from 11 a.m., until time of services. Burial will follow at West Midway Cemetery, London Mills, Ill.
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