Gordon Edward Colvin, age 66, lifelong resident of Cambridge Springs, PA died Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at UPMC Hospital in Pittsburgh after being in failing health for some time. Born on December 10, 1943 in Washington Township, Erie, County, PA, he was a son of the late Drexel S. Colvin and Eloise Siverling Colvin. On February 14, 1976 he married the former Sharon Lee Belden and she survives. Early after receiving his high school education in Cambridge Springs, Gordon entered the military and served in the US Army in Germany from 1961 until 1964. After his military service he began employment as a automobile mechanic at Walker Bros. Buick Garage in Edinboro for 17 years. Following that he became garage supervisor at Edinboro University for 11 years. Then, for a number of years, he was employed by Clair Ferry Bus Lines in Saegertown driving school bus until his disability retirement in 2003.
Gordon was very involved in veterans groups in the area. He was a life member of both the Venango VFW Post # 169 and the American Legion Post #381 of Cambridge Springs. He was a past commander and quartermaster of Venango VFW; was a past Commander of the County Veterans Council; and was a past 28th District State Commander. He held several other State and elected offices. In addition, Gordon was active in the Cooties as commander of zipper pup tent #48 and as Grand Commander in Pennsylvania. He also was an active volunteer at the Erie Soldier & Sailors Home and at the Erie VA Hospital.
Family surviving Gordon in addition to his wife, Sharon, include three sons – Stephen Bosonac and his wife, Elin of Toronto, Canada; Gerry Landers of Corry; and Scott Landers and his wife, Terry of Cambridge Springs; two daughters – Tammy Turner and her husband, Scott of Guys Mills and Gidget Cummings of Erie; a sister – Shirley Lilly and her husband, Alton of Saegertown; and three brothers – Dale Colvin and his wife, Ann of Cambridge Springs; Ron (Mort) Colvin and his wife, Tori of Cambridge Springs; and Larry Colvin of Cambridge Springs. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren including Jamie Lynn Landers who made her home with Gordon and Sharon Colvin; and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs for a memorial visitation on Friday from 7-9. Visitation will conclude that evening with a veteran’s service followed by full military honors. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association, 823 Filmore, Erie, PA 16505.