Gordon was born in Girdner, Missouri to Lee and Hannah (nee Lefler) Thurman. He was married on Oct. 3, 1948 to Joyce Hartleip, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by one son, Lee Thurman, and a brother, Wendell Thurman.
Gordon is survived by one son, Merrill Thurman and his wife Rita; two grandchildren, Lee Thurman and his wife Melissa and Victoria Hash and her husband Ben; two great-grandchildren, Hayden Thurman and Baylee Hash; three sisters, Faye Sims, Gayle Morgan, and Rosella Russell;,and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Gordon was a retired Railroad Engineer from the Western Pacific Railroad. He loved hard work, his animals, and the great outdoors. More than anything, he loved his siblings, his children, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren, referring to them as the "light of my life." Gordon will be greatly missed and always loved.
Private family services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice or to the Western Pacific Railroad, c/o Maupin Funeral Home, 301 Douglas Blvd., Fulton, Missouri 65251. Condolences may also be sent to the family at www.maupinfuneralhome.com.