Gordon Wedge, 83

Gordon Bond Wedge, 83, of Centreville, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Feb. 18, 2010. Gordon was born in Allegan on June 5, 1926, the son of Howard Stanley and Marion Field (Bond) Wedge. Gordon married his wife of 63 years Jean Jeannette (Jenks) on Nov. 29, 1946 in Three Rivers.

He attended Allegan High School until 1943 when he enlisted in the US Coast Guard. He served his country through World War II in the North Atlantic aboard the patrol frigate Beaufort (PF-59). After his service he lived and raised his family in St. Joseph County, where he remained throughout his life. He worked as an auto mechanic most of his career at Russ Binau Ford in Three Rivers, retiring from Seelye Ford in Kalamazoo. He was an avid sportsman, enjoyed boating, and was a Boy Scout leader. He was a lifetime member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of the St. Joe Valley Boat Club.

He is loved and missed by his wife, Jean; his son, Gary (Tabitha) Wedge of Centreville; his daughters, Linda (Charles) Erway of Battle Creek, Marci (Patrick) Atherley of Las Vegas, Nev. and Judy (Alvin) Welch of Rockford; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sisters, Irene (Robert) Goodrich of Traverse City and Nancy (Larry) Minegar of Otsego. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, John W. Roozenburg; his brother, Lyle Emerson Wedge; his sister, Shirley Anne Roozenburg.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Fellowship Bible Church of Centreville (corner of Banker Street and Klinger Lake Road) with Pastor Jim Savasta and Gordon’s nephew Pastor Dennis Goodrich officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to either the Fellowship Bible Church, 21469 Banker Road, Centreville, MI 49032, or the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.

Arrangements by Verdun Family Funeral Home in Belding, 616-794-1300.

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