Gordon Yocum obituary (2021) – Lincoln, NE
Gordon Leroy Yocum, Jr.
July 3, 1930 – September 15, 2021
Gordon Leroy Yocum, Jr., aged 91 from Spring Lake, passed away on Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at Mercy Hospital in Muskegon. He was born July 3, 1930 in Loup County, NE to the late Gordon “Roy” and Anna “Dell” (Robyler) Yocum, Sr. Gordon graduated from Loup County High School where he played football and tracked. In his senior year, he finished 2nd in the fast downhills at State. He attended the University of Nebraska Ag College in Lincoln, NE for two years where he lived in the apartment above the stable. His determination for his education was highlighted during the 1949 blizzard, when he had to return to Lincoln after the Christmas holidays. He drove the 13 miles from the farm west of Taylor to his vehicle, carrying his suitcase, back to college.
Gordon was drafted in 1951 and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He served as an honor guard in Japan, guarding the headquarters of General Mark Clark, who was the head of the United Nations Command. After his release, he returned to Lincoln to attend Lincoln School of Commerce, obtaining a certificate in senior accountancy.
During this time, Gordon worked many odd jobs to earn money for school. One night he was delivering groceries and the store didn’t have the Epsom salt that had been ordered, so he stopped by a local pharmacy. There he saw his future wife, Lola Lee Green, working at the pharmacy. He said, “Are you still here? (He remembered her from her years at UNL.) She said, “I’ve been waiting for you. They were married on November 20, 1954. Their only child, Gayle June, was born on November 21, 1955. They built a house in northeast Lincoln where they lived from 1956 until they moved to Parchment, MI in 1971, when he became manager of the Control Data Factory in Kalamazoo, MI.
Gordon has worked in the printing industry most of his life, starting with Nebraska Sales Book. He then worked for Control Data in Lincoln, NE and Kalamazoo, MI. They returned to Lincoln in 1976 and he worked as a salesperson for Standard Printing Company in Omaha. He ended his career at the age of 83. Gordon was active in The United Methodist Church as a lay lecturer in Nebraska. His ministry involved many calls to hospitals in Omaha and Lincoln. He was also a member of the Dunes United Methodist Church in Grand Haven, MI.
Ham Radio was a family affair. Gordon obtained a General License KA0DWG and was a member of the Lincoln Amateur Radio Club. He and his wife Lola moved to Spring Lake Michigan in 2017 to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter. Lola was predeceased in death on January 20, 2018.
Gordon is survived by his daughter, Gayle (Roger) Cox of Spring Lake, MI; grandson, Russell Allan Yocum Cox of Kingman, AZ; granddaughter, Anna Bell Yocum Cox of Spring Lake, MI; his two younger sisters, Donna (Lawrence) Dircksen and Ann (Mike) McEvoy; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His parents died before him; wife, Lola; and her two older sisters, Ava (Herb) Small and Trudy (Elton) Coleman.
The Celebration of Life for Gordon will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, October 22, 2021 First Evangelical Lutheran Church (305 W. 5th) North Platte, NE with Pastor Dennis Hanneman officiating. Interment with full military honors will be held at Fort McPherson National Cemetery in Maxwell, Nebraska. Memorial contributions can be made to The Dunes United Methodist Church or a veterans organization of your choice. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign Gordon’s online guestbook.
Published by Lincoln Journal Star on October 6, 2021.