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.

  • Mark, Ann, and family .. we are sorry for your loss and we will keep the family in our prayers during this difficult time.

  • Condolences and prayers to Mr. Warren’s sons, their wives and families.
    Warren and Jane hired me in 1968 to work at the Leaf. I have many
    fond memories of Warren and Jane, the food that was prepared there
    and all the staff. I am happy to read that Warren had a very full life.
    He will be missed.

  • Linda and David~I’m sorry to read of your father’s passing. My sympathy and prayers to you and your family.

  • David and Linda,
    You have our deepest sympathy. You are in our prayers and thoughts.

  • To The Gordon Family-
    Sorry to hear of the loss of Warren. I had many good conversations with him when he came to the Bank. Our prayers to the family.

  • Mark, Ann and all the Gordan family –
    Big hugs from the Tschudi Tribe! What a life Warren had and what a legacy he leaves in all of you. Love and prayers are with you during this time of physical loss – but sooo many wonderful memories to hold onto forever. He can share Happy Hour with Jerry & Joy and lots of laughs!

  • i knew warren gordon since i was born. we lived adjacent ftarms to his for many years. his son dave and i were best friends then and still are today. he was a handsome hard working man who always looked ahead in the world and was able to see ahead to things that w.ould be advantageous to others in the field of farming and industry. he was a suceessful business man and was always good to our family and me. i spent many hours with him and his 3 sons and his first wife jane and my mom were dear friends. i will miss his big smile. our sympathy is with the family. god bless you all

  • Mark, Steve, and Family, We’ll all meet again in our home above if we believe the ONE who knows what is best. Our thoughts, prayers and memories are with you all. Love and GOD bless. George & Gladys

  • Dear Family, were saddened to read about the passing of Warren. We had many interesting conversations over the years with him. We will lift all of you in our thoughts and prayers, in the days ahead. We pray that the memories you have will help ease the pain of your loss. May God bless …..

  • To the family ,
    My Mom , Marilyn Ward and I had many fun times with Warren and his wife Martha . We wish you our deepest sympathies. I always enjoyed cutting his hair he would always come in when he had been working outside in those lime green pants from those 70’s pant suits. He always made me laugh. I will miss him at mc Donald’s. . I was home from Florida and just this week wondered where he was. How time flies. I can’t believe it has been a year since I saw him. You all have our deepest sympathies . Cindy and Bruce

  • Steve & Kit and all, You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Brian, Carrie, Max and Maggie

  • To The Gordon family,
    I am truly sad for your loss. Warren, was a great man! Your family and Warren always made me feel like a friend, not just an employee. I thank you for allowing myself and my family to be apart of yours. Warrens smile and attitude always made everyone feel special. I am again sorry for the loss.

    Sherri VanMeter, Rosa Phillips, Davis Phillips

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Warren. As I am in Florida I will not be able to attend the service.
    When Gerald died, Warren sent me a very inspiring message which has meant a lot to me throughout the past years. I will never forget him and the advice he gave me nor my years at The Leaf. God bless.

  • To the Gordon Family
    So sorry for your loss of Warren. Can not believe it has been over 20 years since I catered his birthday dinner. We recently lost my mother, Reverend Mary Lou Plotner Gompf. She talked so much about babysitting Steve, Mark and David when they were young and she lived right down the road from their farm on County Road 20. She thought so much of Jane and Warren. Your families are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  • To the Gordon family,

    Our condolences on the loss of your father.

    Sincerely, Pat and Denise

  • So sorry to hear about warren. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I saw him several months ago and he was still his ornery self. I told him you haven’t changed a bit.still ornery. Just Warren. Still had that twinkle in his eye. God bless

  • We were so sorry to hear about your father. We know this is a difficult time for you. He is in a better place now. You both will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Steve and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. He was a special person. God Bless You.

  • I was very sorry to read of your father’s death, but he certainly lived a long, productive life. I enjoyed the video so much. You are in my thoughts. Sharon

  • So sorry to hear of Warren’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I have many fond memories of the Leaf .

  • May the memories fill your hearts, and compensate for the loss.
    We will always remember his love for life.
    Sincere sympathies to the families.

    Gilles & Johanne Dupont