Gordon Windings
MTHS Class of 1957

VILLA RIDGE -- Gordon Windings Sr., 71, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, in Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

Gordon was born Sept. 9, 1939, in Villa Ridge, the son of the late James L. Winding and Lorene (Edwards) Winding.

Gordon was an active member of American Legion Post 178 in Villa Ridge; lifetime member of Cairo VFW Post 2649; played USA softball in Hawaii; retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service, receiving the following medals: Air Force Commendation, Meritorious Service medal, National Defense Service medal and Air Force Good Conduct medal. Gordon served his country in the Vietnam War and also retired 22 years of Illinois Department of Unemployment Security. He married Sherry Russell on Dec. 27, 1959.

Survivors include his wife, Sherry (Russell) Windings of Villa Ridge; two sons, Gordon (Jane) Windings Jr. of McLeansboro, David (Ruth) Windings of Villa Ridge; a daughter, Deborah Flota and fiancÚ Shannon McNeil of Mount Vernon; three brothers, James "Jim" (Pansy) Winding of Grand Chain, Robert "Bob" (Nancy) Windings of Mounds, Carl E. "Pete" (Mary Ellen) Windings of Villa Ridge; nine grandchildren, Brian (Tammy) Throckmorton, James Windings, Danny (Leah) Windings, Tarah Newhart, Tessa (David) Binversie, David (Brooke) Windings, Jr., Aaron (Andrea) Windings, Summer Hobson and Melia Staton; seven great-grandchildren, Alaina, Cassie, Jada, Evan, Joshua, Tyler, and McKenzie; several nieces and nephews; and brothers-in-law, Earl Russell Jr. of Villa Ridge and Bradley (Lori) Russell of Paris, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services for Gordon Windings Sr. will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Jones Funeral Home in Villa Ridge with nephew, Brother John Windings, officiating. Interment will be in the Mound City National Cemetery with full military honors given by Illinois National Guard Honor Detail and area veterans.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at the funeral home.

Published in The Southern Illinoisan from January 13 to January 14, 2011