He was born Friday, August 18, 1933 in Murray. He was the son of the late Elwood Charles Gordon and the late Bertha Frances (Knight) Gordon. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joann (Holmes) Gordon of Benton; sons, Pat Gordon of Benton and Kenneth Gordon of Paducah; daughter, Karen Berg of Albany, Ga.; brother, Glendell Gordon of Smithland and sister, Frances Howard-Derr of Mayfield. Gordon’s grandchildren are Lindsay, Lara and Patrick Berg; Emily, Alexander and Nicholas Gordon; Olivia, Katherine and Joshua Gordon.
Great grandchildren are Maddox and Korbin Konrad.
Dr. Gordon is preceded in death by son Wendell David Gordon, sisters Joette Gordon and Janice Gordon Hendrickson.
Wendell spent his childhood in Benton, where, at the age of 12, he received his Eagle Scout Award under Scout Master Pete Gunn. He was a graduate of Benton High School class of ‘51, where he played varsity basketball. He later played basketball for Paducah Community College. After attending Murray State University, where he majored in pre-med and played on the OVC Championship Tennis Team, Gordon attended the University of Tennessee School of Medicine in Memphis.
Dr. Gordon began his practice in general medicine in 1959 in Paragould, Arkansas, then moved back to his hometown in 1961 and opened a medical clinic on Main Street. In 1967 Dr. Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in both Ft. McClellan, Alabama and at a medical clinic in Fargo, North Dakota before returning home to resume his medical practice in 1969.
Dr. Gordon was an avid big game hunter, a farmer, award-winning wood craftsman and artist. He loved creating “antler art” chandeliers and belt buckles, making wooden toys for his grandchildren and turning walnut goblets and platters. He referred to himself as a retired country doctor from the era when physicians still made house calls.
A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17 at Collier Funeral Chapel. Reverend David Atkinson officiated. Interment followed in the Benton Cementary.