THOMSON—Gordon "Gordy" Minnis, 70, of Thomson, passed away Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
A casual memorial gathering will be held from 12-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A memorial service with military honors will take place at 3 p.m. Family and friends are invited to share in Gordon's life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Gordon was born Aug. 22, 1949, in Albany, Ga., the son of John and Geertruida (Rakeman) Minnis. Following his mother's untimely passing, he was raised by Arthur "Hap" and Eloise Carlson of Sycamore. He attended Sycamore schools, graduating with the Class of 1967.
Shortly after high school, Gordon enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was deployed to Vietnam. Gordon was immensely proud to serve his country as a U.S. Marine, a trait he likely inherited from his father who was an officer in the Army Air Corps, and certainly passed on to his son, Matthew, who is also a U.S. Marine.
Following his honorable discharge, Gordon became a pipe fitter, working for Local 612, DeKalb, then Local 501, Aurora. He had a passion for teaching and taught welding for many years.
Gordon was a man of many interests. He loved the great outdoors, spending much of his free time hunting, fishing, boating and gardening. He also enjoyed cooking and developed an interest in photography. He was a tinkerer by nature and found joy in helping his neighbors with anything that needed fixing or "Gordy engineering." Those who knew him well will remember Gordon each time they lay eyes on his favorite sight — the Mississippi River sunset.
Gordon will be dearly missed by his dog, Rocky; his sons, Matthew Minnis (April French) of Sun Prairie, Wis., and Justin Minnis (Nikki Atkinson) of Cortland; grandson, Alex Minnis of Sun Prairie, Wis.; brother, Frank Minnis; as well as numerous extended family members and friends, many of whom thought of Gordon as a father figure.
Gordon was preceded in death by his birth parents, John and Geertruida; his assumed parents, Hap and Eloise; his sister, Lorraine Gervais; and his daughter, Angela Minnis.