KING, Gordon Grose

Gordon King

Gordon Grose King passed away on October 1, 2017 at the age of 104. Gordon was born in Abernethy, Saskatchewan, on March 31, 1913. He came to this community as a baby, and grew up on his parents’ (Fred and Maggie’s) homestead in Ghost Pine. His family’s values of hard work and honesty, and their faith, set Gordon on the path he would follow all his life. Gordon was a respected teacher (Donaldson, Sarcee Butte, Mount Vernon, and Drumheller), and secretary treasurer of the County of Kneehill (36 years). He was recognized for being a life member of the Elks Lodge, and for his community service. Gordon was secretary and treasurer for the Golden Hills Lodge (31 years), a board member of the Community Centre (35 years), and vice chairman of the hospital board when the current hospital was built. He was a strong supporter of the United Church, and served in many capacities. Gordon married Mona Yockel in 1940. Mona matched Gordon’s energy and interest in community and church service. She was a talented cook and seamstress and taught CGIT for 35 years. They were supportive and active parents, yet still found time to attend the dances, card parties, church and social activities in and around Three Hills. Their home was always open to friends (theirs and their children’s). Gordon was often seen at the baseball diamond (his passion), curling rink, and golf course. Gordon was eager to share his travel map with pins marking the 40+ countries they visited. They cruised the Amazon, went on safari in Kenya, took a helicopter ride over Iguazu Falls, walked to the Acropolis, and rode camels in Egypt. Gordon and Mona were bridge enthusiasts and combined travel and duplicate bridge in many of their later holidays. Gordon was known for his wit, his ability to embrace change, and his positive attitude. He was a true gentleman. The family would like to thank Dr. Anna Ells (Eye Physician and Surgeon, Calgary), the staff at Home Care, the Chateau, and Continuing Care for their many contributions to Gordon’s quality of life. Gordon will be fondly remembered by his daughters: Shirley, Carol (Carl Nishimura), and Darlene (Jim Frank); his grandchildren: Rick Maaskant, Michael King, Warren, Kevin and Tamiko Nishimura, Stephen and Dan Frank, and their families; his sister, Irene McDonald; his sister-in-law Monica King; cherished relatives and friends. Gordon was predeceased by his loving wife, Mona, and their daughter Anna Margaret. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Three Hills Community Center on Thursday, October 12 at 2:00 P.M. Reverend Jean Udall of Knox United Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Kneehill Funeral Services.