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Walter Richard Gordon
August 1, 1929 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Walter Richard Gordon, 94 and originally from out West, passed away January 24, 2024 at Memorial Hospital of Stone County in Wiggins. He was born on August 01, 1929 in Worchester, MA, the oldest of two children to Walter Clayton and Marion (Rice) Gordon. Walter, or Dick as he preferred to be called, grew up in the Northeast in his early years, but the family moved to Arizona when he was 12. He was a go-getter from the start. On arrival in Arizona, Dick quickly procured a door-to-door magazine route. He enjoyed interacting with others, and never really met a stranger or someone he couldn't talk to. He made the most of this trait throughout his life. Dick enjoyed fishing and played a little golf along the way, but for him it was mostly work. He worked on a ranch early on, spent some time at a bank as the maintenance man, which is where he met Roselyn. They would go on to be married and spend their lives together, raising their family and taking care of their businesses. Dick eventually went to work as a locksmith, and enjoyed it so much that he bought the store. He expanded the business to a couple of locations, and when they wanted a change of scenery, Dick would simply sell the current store, and open a new one wherever they had decided to move. Over the years, he has established and later sold shops in 4 states. Aside from his strong work ethic, Dick never backed away from anything he wanted to do. After his retirement, he wasn't one to sit still, so he continued to work in odd jobs wherever he could, in between the trips they would take. Him and Roselyn loved to travel and spent lots of seeing the country and world. From cruises, plane trips, and multi-state road trips, they were ever on the go. They wound up in South Mississippi a few years ago and decided to make Stone County their final home since 2020. Relaxing around home and going out to eat were his thing over the past couple of years, with Bill's and Whitecap among his favorite places. Dick had a unique sense of humor and loved to engage others in conversation, making friends easily wherever he went. A wonderful father, husband and trusted friend, he will be forever missed by folks across the country. Dick was preceded by his parents, Walter and Marion Gordon, his sister Marilyn White, and his loving wife of seventy-three years, Roselyn. Left to cherish his memories are: his two children, daughter Cherie Parish of Perkinston, and son Rick (Dianne) Gordon of Monument, CO. He leaves a legacy of eleven grandchildren, including three grands: Melissa (Kurt), Matthew, and Wesley; five great-grands: David, Adam, Angelo, Theo, and Noah; and three great-great-grands: Paisleigh, Cash, and Nola, along with several extended family and friends cateered across the country. His final wishes were for a simple service beside his loving wife, which his family is honoring. A graveside service will be held Friday afternoon, February 2nd at 1:00 PM in the Sunflower Baptist Church, with Pastor Brent Long officiating. Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Gordon family in their time of need and asks that you remember them in your thoughts and prayers through the days ahead.