Thomas Gordon

Thomas Marshall Gordon Jr.

Wednesday, July 27th, 1938 - Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
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Thomas “Tom” Marshall Gordon, Jr., 82 (July 27, 1938) of Loveland, Colorado, passed on May 23, 2021. He was preceded in death by his father Thomas Marshall Gordon, Sr. and his mother Sarah Richeson Gordon. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Cynthia LaCost Gordon, his daughters, Susan Ruth Horan (Michael Horan), Ginny Lynn Gordon; his sons Thomas Marshall Gordon, III (Holly Eisenhour), David Ramey Gordon. Tom had nine (9) grandchildren: Chris, Megan, Kenneth, Melissa, Kevin, Matthew, Marshal, Marissa, Jaxsen and four (4) great grandchildren: Finn, Nora, Van, Maeve.

Tom grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and spent his childhood summers on the family owned farm in Amherst, Virginia. He treasured these summer memories his entire life. Tom had a religious upbringing in the Presybeterian Church, and had a desire to be a minister, but fell in love with flying in the military. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia in 1956. He then attended Virginia Tech University and graduated in 1960 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. While in college he was in the Corps of Cadets and played trumpet in the Highty-Tighties Marching Band. In 1959, he married Barbara Whitehead, with whom he had two children, Susan and Thomas. After graduation he was commissioned into the Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant. During his time in the Marines, he served during the Cuban Missile Crisis as a helicopter pilot and cargo plane pilot. Upon completion of his military obligations, he joined United Airlines as a pilot of a Douglas DC-6. He retired as a Captain of the Boeing 747-400 in 1998.

During his time as a United pilot, he met Cynthia “Cindi” LaCost, who was a Flight Attendant also with United. They were married in 1975, and both became based out of Denver. They lived in Aurora, Colorado for a couple of years and then moved to Sterling, Ohio when Tom received his promotion to Captain of the Boeing 727. While living on a farm in Sterling, they had two children, Dave and Ginny. In 1990, Tom and family moved to Loveland, Colorado, where Cindi still resides. Tom joined the church in Loveland, in 1992, and began volunteering his extra time with the church. He helped run and set up the sound system and lighting. When Tom retired from United he spent his extra time as a volunteer at the church.

Flying made a huge impact in Tom’s life. He made many lifelong friends and was an active member of Warbirds of America. He owned and restored both an L5 and L19 WWII airplane. For over 25 years, Tom served countless volunteer hours with Oshkosh and Sun & Fun Airshows. Tom served as the Treasurer of JLFC (Joint Liaison Formation Committee) since the 1990’s and provided safety training to Formation Flying pilots.

Tom had a huge heart and touched the lives of many. His friends used to gather around to hear him tell his stories, he was a GREAT storyteller. The warbird motto was “KEEP ‘EM FLYING” and Tom made sure that everyone was doing it safely.

His services will be held on Friday, June 4th, at Faith Church (2707 N Wilson Ave, Loveland, CO 80538). The viewing of Tom will begin at 10:30am and the service will begin at 11:30am. A reception will follow at the church. The family is asking that in-leu of flowers, please send a donation to Faith Church. If flowers are wanted to be gifted, please bring a single white rose to the ceremony. Roses are Tom’s favorite flowers.
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    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 11:30am
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 11:30am
    Faith Church
    2707 N Wilson Ave.
    Loveland, Colorado 80538
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Please accept my condolences, I know how difficult this time is and how much Tom will be missed.
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So sorry to read about Tom. We will miss his smiling face - he was a customer for many, many years. Loveland Steam Laundry.
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