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Memorial services are held for former Bartlesville Town Manager Ed Gordon.

The First Baptist Church in Bartlesville was the site where services were held on Tuesday mornings for former Bartlesville City Manager Ed Gordon.

Gordon’s sons, Caleb and David, presided over the funeral. Caleb says the best way to honor his father is to preach the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. He says his father wouldn’t want his service to be for him, but rather for the king.

Caleb asked those in attendance to think about their eternity with Christ and whether they have been redeemed by the blood of a Savior. He asked if Christ has redeemed you and reconciled to himself and covered your account with his blood.

Singing during the service was Aaron Vaughn and Benjamin Bender. Interment followed at White Rose Cemetery in Bartlesville.

Ed Gordon was born in Bay City, Texas on August 4, 1948. Gordon attended school until grade nine in Sweeney, Texas. He moved to Bartlesville with his family as a teenager and graduated from Bartlesville College High School in 1966.

After graduating from high school, Gordon worked for City Service Oil Company until they moved to Tulsa. Gordon then worked as an apprentice electrician with Chuck Brown, owner of Brown’s Electric in Bartlesville where he obtained his journeyman electrician license.

On July 31, 1970, he and Janie Lawrence married at Labadie Heights Baptist Church in Bartlesville and were quickly inducted into the United States Army shortly thereafter.

Gordon attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater until he transferred to Bartlesville Wesleyan College where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education in 1975. He attended Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.

After the seminary, Gordon moved to Wyoming to do missionary work in a new coal mining community, which became the town of Wright, Wyoming. Over the next seven years, Gordon worked as Director of the Wright Water & Sewer District and as Superintendent of Construction at Great Planes Development. He also worked with Virg’s Electric as a Journeyman Electrician – as well as being a pastor of the Wright Baptist Church. Meanwhile, he and Janie welcomed their sons Caleb and David into their lives.

Gordon and his family returned to Bartlesville in 1984, where he again partnered with Chuck Brown and operated Brown & Gordon and Locke Supply, where he worked until he was hired by the Town of Bartlesville in 1991.

Gordon began his career with the Town of Bartlesville as a Wastewater Supervisor and was promoted to Director of Public Works in 2000. He was appointed City Manager in 2006, retiring after 27 years of service on August 1. 2018.

Gordon has been the pastor since 1975 and has been currently pastor of Trinity Baptist Church since 1992. He was predeceased by his wife Janie Gordon and granddaughter Grace Gordon and he is survived by his sister Linda Barnes and his family from Arkansas, his two sons Caleb Gordon and David Gordon and their wives Jamie Gordon and Katie Gordon and six grandchildren Hannah, Gabe, Austin, Noah, Carter and Tucker, all of Bartlesville.


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