Gordon was born June 25, 1931 in Cincinnati, OH to John and Marie Nelson. He died December 22, 2016 in San Angelo, TX after a short illness. He was 85. After a 30-year career in the Air Force, he retired in San Angelo, and attended Angelo State University where he earned a Masters Degree in Government. He was employed by the Concho Valley Council of Governments- Developing and Administering the Thunderbird Transportation System. Gordon was a tournament Chess player and an amateur radio operator- his call sign “SVDWO” Gordon was preceded in death by two sons, John Mark Nelson and Paul Alan Nelson. He is survived by his wife Kate of San Angelo, his son Jim and his wife Michele. Along with two granddaughters Emily and Melanie of Waukesha, WI and his beloved cat, DJ. At the family request, no services will be held.