Gordon Place

Gordon D. Place, age 87 of Baldwin, passed away January 29, 2018 at the Baldwin Care Center surrounded by his loving family. Gordon was born September 5, 1930 in Martell Township to Albion and Gladys (Clemetson) Place. He graduated from Ellsworth High School, the Class of 1949. Gordon proudly served his country in the United States Army, as an MP and motor pool at Camp Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. After his honorable discharge from the Army, Gordon worked for Zillmann Chevy/Oldsmobile, now Jacobson’s, for many years until his retirement. He was united in marriage to Maxine Vernice Eldred on September 20, 1952. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Candace, Todd, and Corey. Gordon and Maxine were fortunate to share 65 wonderful years together. Both devoted in their faith, were longtime members of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Baldwin.

Working with cars all his life, Gordon appreciated classic and collector cars, as well as old engines and tractors. He was especially fond of camping and being in the yard. Most important to Gordon was his family. He was very proud of his children, and treasured his time with his grandsons and great grandchildren.

Gordon will remain in the hearts of his wife, Maxine “Micki;” children, Candace (Irvin) Evenson, Todd (Rhonda) Place, and Corey (Barbara) Place; grandsons: Jason (Margie) Evenson, Christopher Evenson, Travis (Andrea) Place, Justin (Jennifer) Place, Tyler (Shelley) Place, and Peter Place; great-grandchildren: MacKenzie Evenson, Alexander Evenson, Landon Evenson, Kaylee Evenson, Brooklyn Place, Tanner Place, and Lynden Place; brothers, Wayne (Arlene) Place and Gerald (Barb) Place; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Hugo (Gwen) Weibusch, Keith Eldred, Bud Young, and Novie Place; along with many nieces, nephews, and family friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Eldon Place; sisters, Arlene Rein and Shirley McGinley; brothers-in-law, Dennis Rein and Dallas McGinley; sisters-in-law, Judy Eldred and Carolyn Young; and nephew, Dan Place. 

A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM Friday, February 2, 2018 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton St., Baldwin, and one hour prior to the service at church on Saturday. Funeral Services will take place 11:00 AM Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 1350 Florence St., Baldwin. Interment will take place at a later date at Baldwin Cemetery. Pallbearers assisting with the services will be: Travis Place, Jason Evenson, Justin Place, Christopher Evenson, Tyler Place, and Peter Place.