Gordon Allen Stanton, 85, of Aurora, Colorado, formerly of Greeley, Colorado and Chamberlain, South Dakota, passed away July 25, 2019 at Garden Terrace in Aurora.
He was born February 13, 1934 in Oacoma, South Dakota, the son of William H. "Bill" and Ollie Mae (Rogers) Stanton. He was a 1953 graduate of Chamberlain High School in Chamberlain, SD.
On September 14, 1953, he married Eleanor Evelyn Ellis in Chamberlain. They lived in Chamberlain until 1962 when the family moved to Greeley. Gordon and Eleanor later settled in Aurora in 1989.
Gordon was a Carpenter by trade. He was a member of the Carpenter's Union No. 555 from 1968 until 2019 and earned a Recognition Award for 50 years of service. He was a Carpenter on the construction of the Oahe Dam and Big Bend Dam in the 1950s. Gordon then was the General Carpenter Foreman during the construction of Pawnee Power Plant in Brush, CO for Ebasco Services. Gordon also worked for Avis at the Denver International Airport from 1997 until his retirement in 2009.
In his spare time, Gordon enjoyed woodworking, photography and playing golf.
Gordon is survived by four children, Craig Stanton of Sioux Falls, SD, Douglas and Susan (Delgado) Stanton of Centennial, CO, Lori Stanton-Funk of Denver, CO and Jodi Ciaravola of Frederick, CO. He is also survived by grandchildren, Nate and Ashley (Stanton) Grover, Adam Stanton, Katie Stanton, Cassandra Funk, Samantha Ciaravola and Dante Ciaravola and great-grandchildren Alysia Stanton, Riley Stanton, Silas Stanton, Kennedy Grover, and Graham Grover.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Eleanor Evelyn Stanton, on January 8, 2019; father, William H. Stanton; mother, Ollie Stanton and siblings William, Dean, Dale and Eugene "Judd" Stanton.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc., Colorado Chapter and mailed to 455 Sherman Street, Suite 500 Denver, CO 80203. Please put in the memo of the check: In Memory of Gordon Allen Stanton (1934-2019).
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a poem by G.E. Nordell
There was once a master carpenter
and he lived a good life
for he loved to work, building things of wood.
He was loved by his family,
by his sons and his daughter,
and especially by his wife.
He was loved by everyone who knew him.
And at the end of that good life
when it came time for him to die
the old carpenter soared
into the white light of death –
for the white light is where the good souls go to.
And the white light warmed him and
nurtured him and
fed him great peace.
And when this carpenter arrived in heaven
he was expected and
immediately he was put to work:
for the Pearly Gates
were a bit loose
and St. Peter's desk
had a couple of drawers that stuck.
And before long
the old master carpenter
began to build
a new throne