Obit: Donaldson, Gordon M. (1916 - 2009)

Contact: R. Lipprandt

Surnames: Bethel, Blomberg, Donaldson, Dudley, Forsberg, Patterson, Robertson

----Source: The Star News (Medford, Taylor Co. WI), January 27, 2009, Online Edition

Donaldson, Gordon M. (July 1, 1916 - January 26, 2009)

Gordon M. Donaldson, 92, Appleton, formerly of rural Ogema, arrived in his heavenly home on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.

Gordon was born July 1, 1916 at his family's home in the Town of Spirit, Price County. His parents, Gust and Jennie (Blomberg) Donaldson, raised him to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. But at the age of 12, while attending a New Year's Eve service at Ogema Baptist Church, Gordon realized that his parents' faith was not enough to cover his sins and that he needed to make his own decision to trust Christ for salvation. That is what Gordon chose to do that night, just over 80 years ago.

After graduating from Rib Lake High School in 1932, he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps as well as on the family farm. Later, he moved to Chicago to work for Sears, Roebuck and Company. After returning home, Gordon went to work for J.A. Larson at his general merchandise store in Ogema. Soon he purchased the store and operated Donaldson's General Merchandise and Feed Mill for 21 years. Then, after retiring, he managed the Clifford Co-op in rural Brantwood for seven years.

On June 10, 1950, Gordon married Joyce Patterson of rural Fifield. Together, they created a loving home and raised seven children (and many foster children) to know and follow the Lord. Gordon was always quick to give God all the glory in every circumstance. He knew that without God's grace he would be without hope. That is what gave Gordon purpose in life and confidence in death. Throughout his life, Gordon was known as a big man with a big heart and sharp sense of humor. As a young man, he was active in many area gospel services and Youth for Christ rallies, playing the piano and singing. Those who knew him marveled at how he played the piano. His children grew up with in-home concerts almost daily. He was a friend to the friendless, a champion of the underdog, and a listening ear to those who were struggling - no matter their age or social standing.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Joyce; his sister, Genevieve (Mrs. Charles) Forsberg; his children, Gary (Cathie), Dudley (Inge), Bethel, Janis (Jim) Robertson, Grace, Buddy and Ralph. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Myrl, Verna and Arlene; his brother, Orville; and a great-grandson, Daniel.

A memorial service will celebrate Gordon's life and give glory to God at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Valley Baptist Church, Appleton.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be given to the Valley Baptist Church Building Fund.

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