April 28, 2014

Kenneth Francis Gordon, 69, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and formerly of Lake City, died of a stroke on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

Funeral mass was Monday, April 28, at Church of the Ascension in Fountain Hills. Burial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, at St. Mary Cemetery, in Lake City, Iowa, with Father Lynn Bruch officiating. In lieu flowers, memorials may be made payable to the Lake City Pool Project. Send to Marion Gordon, 16740 E. Almont Drive, A, Fountain Hills, Ariz. 85268. Memorials will be matched by the Brenau Matching Fund Campaign.

Ken was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Ken was one of nine children and was raised in Montrose, S.D. He graduated from Montrose High School in 1962. He left home to attend the seminary at Kitchener, Ontario. He received a bachelor of arts degree in Latin, philosophy and 7-12 social studies. He received a master of arts degree in secondary school administration and K-12 guidance and counseling. He spent 30 years in Lake City, Iowa, where he was a K-12 guidance counselor. He was an advocate for education, especially early education.

He moved to Fountain Hills, where he retired in 2002. Throughout life, his Catholic faith was important to him, which helped as he persevered through great physical adversity. His greatest joys were his grandchildren and his South Dakota roots and family. Helping farmers and working with crops were a significant part of Ken's summers as he served as a hail adjuster traveling through the Midwest for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marion; daughter, Natatsha Dockstader (Matt); son, George (Mary); daughter, Anne Wemhoff (Mike); grandchildren, Lexie, Mrya, Gavin, Kinley, Hannah and Briella; brothers, Tom (Judy), Larry (Laurie), Bobby (Diane), Steve (Correne) and Paul (Linda); and sister, Cathy Guidarelli (Tom).

Ken was preceded in death by his brother Joseph; sister Colleen, father, Fred; and mother, Rosalyce.