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James H. 'Scotty' Gordon
Jun 5, 2012 - Staff
James H. "Scotty" Gordon, 88, died Thursday, May 24, 2012, at his home in Shoshoni. Services were Tuesday, May 29, at the Shoshoni Fire Hall with the Rev. Echo Klaproth officiating.
Inurnment followed at the Lakeview Cemetery in Shoshoni. Graveside rites were by the Wind River Masonic Lodge No. 25.
James Houston "Scotty' Gordon was born May 7, 1924, in Casper, the son of John and Bertha F. (Majors) Gordon. He attended Willard Elementary School in Casper and graduated from Natrona County High School in Casper.
He served with the US Navy during World War II, enlisting Dec. 11, 1942. He was honorably discharged as a Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class on Dec. 23, 1945. While in the Navy, he learned how to be a mechanic.
On July 16, 1945, he married Thelma Jane Kelly in Casper. He moved with his family to Shoshoni in 1954.
Mr. Gordon worked as a mechanic throughout his working career. He also worked for the city of Shoshoni, followed by working as a janitor at the Shoshoni school for 15 years. He owned and operated Scotty's Trash Service for the past 42 years.
His family said that Mr. Gordon enjoyed working as a mechanic, fishing, snowmobiling, rodeoing, stock car racing, and was involved with his friends, dogs and family. Mr. Gordon was a member of the Shoshoni Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of the Odd Fellows, B.P.O. Elks Lodge, VFW, American Legion, Wind River Masonic Lodge No. 25 in Shoshoni, a 33rd degree Mason, Cooties, Fireman, Over the Jordan Club, Kalif Shriner in Sheridan and Scottish Rite.
Survivors include his son, Mike and Jeanne Watkins of Indianapolis; daughters Kathy Kenyon of Shoshoni and Susie Holladay of Casper; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Mr. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Thelma; two sons, Kenneth Wayne Gordon and James Clifford Gordon; and grandson, John Kenyon.
Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Travel Fund for Children, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main St., Riverton, WY 82501.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.