Warren Wheeler Gordon
August 28, 1918 ‒ March 30, 2015
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Warren Wheeler Gordon, age 96, of Mount Gilead, died peacefully Monday morning, March 30, 2015, at his home with one of his sons by his side.
On August 28, 1918, Warren was born at home on the family farm in Harmony Twp., near Chesterville and lived in Morrow County his entire life. He graduated from Chesterville High School in the class of 1937.
Warren married Jane Wieland, on August 11, 1941. Together they shared 32 years of marriage, and lovingly raised three sons. She preceded him in death on May 17, 1973.
Warren continued to farm several hundred acres, raising livestock, specifically registered shorthorn cattle. Warren was always interested in progressive farming and in 1953, he was granted a patent for a “fence post anchor” that he invented for a wide range of “anchoring purposes” for fence posts, guy wires of radio towers, poles for circus tents and telephone poles. It is still widely used today.
The Gordons maintained a maple sugar camp on the family farm. For decades they processed maple syrup and sold it to many restaurants in the Columbus area, as well as throughout Ohio. Warren was always ready to try innovative ideas that could be marketed to the public.
In 1959, Warren and his wife, Jane, had the foresight to build the first gas station at the intersection of St. Rt. 95 and the newly constructed Inter-State 71 on property the family owned adjoining the freeway. In 1962, they then built and opened The Leaf Restaurant. “The Leaf” became known throughout the state to travelers on I-71 and surrounding communities for its “home-cooked” meals and its delicious pies. The Leaf was a successful business for the next 38 years. The original building remains on the site housing another business.
Warren became interested in standardbred horse racing in 1965 and raised, bred and raced standardbred horses throughout Ohio until the 1990’s. He was a member of the United States Trotting Association.
Warren enjoyed extensive travels around the world with his second wife, Martha Raab, whom he married September 1, 1984. Even up until shortly before the time of his death, Warren was attentive to horseracing on TV with his “Thursday night buddies”! He remained attentive to daily stock market activities and investment possibilities in the area.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Mount Gilead.
He will be missed by his three sons: David (Linda) Gordon of Delaware; Mark (Ann) Gordon of Westerville; and Stephen (Kit) Gordon of Delaware; a step-son, Terry (Ann) Raab; 9 grandchildren: Todd (Michela Barone Lumaga) Gordon; Matthew Gordon; Alan (Sara) Gordon; Julie (Matt) Borth; Scott (Kate) Gordon; Emily (Dave) Johnson; Jeffrey (Claudia) Wood; Christy (Jim) Pritchard; and Stephen Wood; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Including his first wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his second wife, Martha Raab Gordon; and his siblings: Martha Lucille Gordon Griffith, and Don Wilton Gordon.
His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, with Rev. Lori Burdette-Steele officiating. Burial will follow in Rivercliff Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
His family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to his caretaker, Julie May, for being there for him for the past year, and to the staff of Hospice of Morrow County.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Warren’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.