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Gordon M. Burge

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By The Staff

BURGE – After recently accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, Gordon M. Burge left to be with his heavenly Father on Jan. 17, 2008. Gordon passed away peacefully at his son’s home in Arroyo Seco. He was 84.Gordon was born in Clay Center Nebraska on Aug. 3, 1923, to Percy and Lillian Burge. After graduating from Reserve High School in Reserve Kansas, Gordon entered the Untied States Navy and served in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war Gordon returned to Nebraska and started working for a local linen cleaning company in Hastings, Neb., where he met his future wife Ivadell Mumby. Marrying in 1954, Gordon and Ivadell continued working in Hastings with Gordon working at the ammunition depot. After reading a “help wanted” ad at the ammunition depot, Gordon and family along with several other men and their families moved to Los Alamos, N.M., to begin a career as a security guard for the Atomic Energy Commission in 1957. Both Gordon and Ivadell worked many years for the government, retiring in the early 1980s.After retiring Gordon and Ivadell moved to Albuquerque and the Edgewood, N.M., area for a couple of years before moving back to Hastings, Neb. In 1989, Gordon and Ivadell moved to Grove, Okla. In July 1990, Ivadell suddenly passed away. Gordon continued to live in Grove until July 2007, when he moved back to Los Alamos to be closer to his children. Gordon lived at the senior condos. Unable to live alone anymore and in declining health, Gordon was moved over to Sombrillo Nursing Center. Wanting to be in a home environment upon his death, Gordon was brought to his son’s home.Gordon is survived by his daughter, Joni Powell, and her husband George; son, Terry and his wife Diana; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Ivadell and his sister, Joanne Durflinger, in January 2007.No services are planned. He will be buried next to his wife and all of his other family in Edgar Nebraska.Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Services, 1399 Luisa St., Santa Fe, NM 87505 – 505-984-8600.