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Roland E. Gordon

Roland E. “Rollie” Gordon, 90, passed away Nov. 4, 2006, at the Glen Valley Care Center in Glenwood Springs.He was born Oct. 24, 1916, in Eagle City, Iowa, to Elmer Lorenzo and Ida Mae (Fowler) Gordon. Rollie married Shirley Ione Cummings Aug. 16, 1941, and they raised four children. She passed away May 26, 1975. He later married Corrine Elizabeth Bayne. He was owner of the R.E. Gordon Construction Co. He was past president of the local Carpenters Union. From 1955-59, he was the New Castle Volunteer Fire Department fire chief. Rollie was one of the original founders of the New Castle Recreation Center. He donated the land for the park to the town of New Castle and the Garfield Re-2 School District, allowing the pedestrian bridge to the school to be built. Rollie Gordon Park and Rollie Gordon Trail were dedicated to him in 2004. He is survived by sons John Alvin (Norma) Gordon of Clifton and Robert Earl (Judy) Gordon of New Castle; daughters Shirley Ann (Warren) Wailes of New Castle, and Darlene Jean (Don) Walls of Meeker; 17 grandchildren; and 39 great-grandchildren.He was preceded in death by both his wives and a grandson, Dominick Wailes.A visitation will take place from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Farnum-Holt Funeral Home, in Glenwood Springs. A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the First Baptist Church in New Castle. Dr. Charles Jones will officiate. Pastor Barry Surratt will assist with the services. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery in Rifle.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of New Castle.Farnum-Holt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.


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