Mr. Gordon Blossom, age 83, of Rockford passed away on Friday, November 25, 2011.
For 44 years and five months, Godon worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Kent County Road Commission, retiring in 1992.
Gordon loved to garden, including flowers and vegetables. He also enjoyed riding his Honda 1100 Gold Wing motorcycle, which he won.
After his first wife, Dolores, was killed in an automobile accident, Gordon was left to raise six children. After a while he married Martha, who helped with the children. Gordon was a well-respected gentleman with integrity who taught his children to garden, plant (especially Christmas trees), and be respectful of others. He was a former member of Rockford Sportsman Club.
Gordon is survived by his children, Kenneth and Laurel Blossom, Janet and Dick Weber, Tim and Becky Blossom, Steve and Teresa Blossom, Cindy Blossom and Steve, Michael Blossom, Mrs. Evelyn Thomas; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Dorise Blossom and Mrs. Muriel (Edna) Casterline; many nieces and nephews; in-laws. Gordon was preceded in death by his first wife, Dolores; his second wife, Martha; his brother, Robert Blossom; his sisters, Mrs. Mary Jane Gravelyn, and Mrs. Sally Bennett; his brother, Ron Blossom.
The service for Mr. Blossom was held on Wednesday morning at 11:00 at the Pederson Funeral Home. Interment was in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning and expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Alzheimer Association, 2844 Fuller Ave. NE, Suite 101, Grand Rapids.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.