William E. “Bill” Gordon died Dec. 19, 2008.

William E. “Bill” Gordon, 88,  of Independence, MO passed away on Friday, December 19, 2008 at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cameron, MO.

Bill was born June 7, 1920 in Kansas City, MO to Fred and Pauline (Shepherd) Gordon, his father died when Bill was three years old. He worked for 35 years for Standard Oil at the Sugar Creek refinery. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy for five years during WWII and was a member of the USS William Bittle reunion group. Mr. Gordon attended William Chrisman High School. Bill was united in marriage to Betty Lou Wills on January 17, 1945. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Independence, MO for 80 years. Bill was a member of the American Legion, Masonic Lodge and was a 50+ year Master Mason. He was in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and active in his sons scouting careers, proud of the fact they both earned their Eagle Scout rank. Bill served on the committee of Troop 203 and was a Unit Commissioner in the district. Mr. Gordon was an honorary warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say.

Bill was preceded in death by his son John Raymond Gordon in 1984.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Betty Gordon of the home; son and daughter-in-law Michael Fred and Mary Kathleen Gordon of Smithville, MO; daughter-in-law Cheryl Lynn Gordon-Farmer of Crescent Springs, KY; five grandchildren Douglas Stuart Gordon (Megan) of Boonville, MO, John Robert Gordon (Margaret) of Houston, TX, Christina Nicole Tuemler (Kevin) of Independence, KY, Elizabeth Anne Kays (Brandon) of Kansas City, MO, and Joseph Raymond Gordon of Crescent Springs, KY; Sister-in-law and husband, Dr. Wallace Laird and Linda Kay Mealiea of Gainesville, FL; and three unborn great-grandchildren yet to be named.

Memorial Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, December 29, at the First Presbyterian Church, 100 N. Pleasant, Independence,  MO 64050. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Cremation with private inurnment in Floral Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com. Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel.