Gordon W. Larson, 84, of Jamestown, passed away Monday (May 12, 2014), in the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center.
A lifelong area resident, he was born April 21, 1930, in Jamestown, the son of the late Helge and Ebba Johnson Larson.
Gordon attended Jamestown High School, and served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1947-57. He was honorably discharged in 1957 with the rank of master sergeant.
In earlier years, Gordon was employed by National Worsted Mills for five years. Prior to retirement, he was employed by Blackstone Corporation and Valeo Corporation for 45 years. He ran the engineering test lab and later was a senior fin development specialist in the cooling division.
Gordon was a member of the Jamestown Elks Lodge, Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, Randolph Post 181, American Legion and Holy Apostles Parish. Gordon especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons: Connor and Ryan Larson. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, coin collecting, traveling, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Anita "Nettie" Augusta Larson, whom he married Nov. 23, 1950, in Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church, Falconer; two sons: Gordon Daniel Larson and his wife, Dolly of Bottrop, Germany, and John G. Larson of Williamsville, N.Y.; two grandchildren: Connor and Ryan Larson of Williamsville.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jane Larson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, May 19, in St. John's Catholic Church of Holy Apostles Parish. The Rev. Dennis Mende, pastor of Holy Apostles Parish, will be celebrant. Inurnment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Friends will be received by the family from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Falconer Funeral Home. A Christian Wake service will be held at 1:45 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be donated to Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750 or to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Western and Central New York, 4043 Maple Road, Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226.
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