Gordon Manuel England was born the son of Marion Nixon and Dora (Hall) England on March 19, 1917 in Myrtle, Missouri and departed this life on August 11, 2012 at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains, Missouri at the age of 95 years.
He was united in marriage at Billmore, Missouri on April 27, 1947 to his childhood friend, Bertha Leona Mitchell. They enjoyed more than sixty-five happy years together.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha England of the home in Myrtle, Missouri; one daughter, Diane England Olson and husband, Steven of Durham, North Carolina; one grandson, Thomas Olson of Durham, North Carolina; one brother, Noah England and wife, Wanda of Thayer, Missouri; one sister, Lula Lamere of Alton, Illinois and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Dora England; five brothers, Hanford, Walter, Daniel, David, and Clifford England and one sister, Ella James.
Gordon was a Veteran, enlisting in the U. S. Navy and after receiving medical training, transferred to the U. S. Marine Corps. He served as a medic with the 4th Marine Division on Iwo Jima until the end of World War II.
After returning from the war, Mr. England enjoyed farming and earned his Bachelors of Education to become a high school teacher. He taught history and social studies for a total of 41 years with 33 of those years being in the Couch R-I School District, retiring in 1984.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Myrtle, Missouri and a Mason. He loved fishing on Mill Creek and was always willing to help someone in need.
He was a strong, Christian man; a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, and a great friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services were today, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, Missouri with Brother George Box officiating. Burial was in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.