Gordon Watkins

Gordon Watkins

PAXTON – Gordon L. "Gordy" Watkins, 87, of Paxton died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 12, 2012) at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Baier Family Funeral Services, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, with David Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with military honors by the Paxton American Legion Post 150.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the funeral home.

Gordy was born Dec. 7, 1925, at Fisher, the son of Harry E. and Dortha Isley Watkins. He married Lois A. Burklund on June 9, 1956, at the First Lutheran Church, Paxton. She preceded him in death Feb. 1, 2000.

He is survived by two sons, Terry (Wendy) Watkins, Radar Watkins and one daughter, Tammy Milburn, all of Paxton; also a sister-in-law, Rita Watkins of Paxton. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth Watkins. He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Mathilda Shields Watkins.

Gordy graduated from Fisher High School in 1943. He served in the United States Navy 1945-1946 on a USS LST, which was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious operations by carrying significant quantities of vehicles, cargo and landing troops directly onto an unimproved shore. In recent years he had closely followed the USS LST 325, which is a mobile museum permanently docked at Evansville, Ind.

He was a member of Paxton American Legion Post 150, First Lutheran Church of Paxton, the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau, Ford County Historical Society, and a Charter member of the Ford County Public Building Commission and the Paxton Foundation.

Gordy was a self-employed second generation carpenter. Since retirement, he has enjoyed coffee with his friends at the local restaurants and volunteered as the self-appointed director of the neighborhood watch program for Paxton and the immediate surrounding area.

Gordy will be greatly missed for his quiet and witty sense of humor that always brought a smile to your face.

Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church, Paxton, or an organization of the donor's choice.

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