William Gordon

Obituary of William Gordon

                  William A. Gordon, 69, of Franklin, died Monday, July 31, 2017, at his home.  William was born September 7, 1947, in Jacksonville, the son of John Wills and Mary Alice Haycraft Gordon.  He married Katherine Allen on June 12, 1971, in Speedway, Indiana, and she survives.

                  Bill is also survived by three children, Chris (Linsay) Gordon of Springfield, Eric (Amanda) Gordon of Athens, and Leslie (Kurt) Henkel of Coal Valley, seven grandchildren, Wesley, Michael, Monica, Brian, and William Gordon, and Ann and John Henkel; two sisters, Mary Ann (Ross) Myers and Patty (Keith) Crow, both of Franklin, one brother, Jim (Jonnie) Haycraft of Springfield, and several nieces and nephews.  Bill was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Linda Lou Gordon.

                  Bill graduated from Franklin High School, Eastern Illinois University, and eventually earned his master’s degree from Sangamon State University.  In addition, Bill served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  As a young man, Bill was a teacher and coached basketball, track, and football at New Berlin High School.  He later farmed and was a seed salesman and co-owner of Patriot Seed Company.  Bill was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin and Franklin American Legion Post 1089.

                  Bill enjoyed playing golf, gardening, and giving away sweet corn.  Following his retirement, Bill discovered his knack for carpentry and was able to use that skill to benefit others.  He was a devoted husband and father who truly cherished his grandchildren.

                  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Franklin, with burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery.  The family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Williamson Funeral Home in Jacksonville, where a prayer service will be conducted at 3:45 p.m.  Memorials are suggested to the Bill Gordon Memorial Fund, which is being established to benefit youth activities and the PCDH19 Alliance.  Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.