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Gordon J. Karslake

1 juillet 193227 mai 2021
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Gordon Junior Karslake, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 27, 2021 in Lansing, MI. He was born to Gordon Elliott and Neva Ida (Thrasher) Karslake on July 1, 1932 in Burr Oak, MI. He attended and graduated from Vanderbilt High School in 1950. Gordon attended CMU and graduated from Ferris State University in 1954 where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Majoring in Chemistry and minors in Physics, Biology, Language, Literature and English. He taught at Gaylord High and Saginaw Arthur Hill. Gordon met his wife Lucille (Wakeley) while teaching at Gaylord High School. Gordon served in the United States Army National Guard from 1949-1956.

Gordon was employed and retired from Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc. in Mason for 33 years as a Chemist. He often boasted that he was retired longer than he worked!

Gordon married Lucille on December 30, 1954 until her death in 2003. They had one son, George who is deceased and two daughters, Vicky and Jean. Gordon has 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Gordon is a member of the Mason First United Methodist Church. He has served the City of Mason as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He also served on the Water and Sewer Board, the Cemetery Board and the City Planning Commission.

Like his father and grandfather, Gordon started his Masonic career with Cyrene Lodge #352 and transferred to Mason Lodge #50 in January of 1959 where he is a Life Member and Past Worshipful Master and Most Worshipful Grand Master. Gordon served on the Mason Temple Association starting in 1962 when he signed the articles of incorporation.

Gordon joined the Royal Arch, Mason Chapter in 1960 and is a Past High Priest. He was greeted into Leslie Council #50 in 1961. He is a Past Thrice Illustrious Master and served in many capacities which culminated with his election and installation as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Michigan.

Gordon was knighted in 1967 at Jackson Commandary #9. He served as Eminent Commander in 1979. Initiated into Mason Chapter #150, Order of the Eastern Star in 1960 where he served as Patron on numerous occasions.

• Received a resolution from the City of Mason naming June 18, 1984 as Gordon Karslake Day.

• Mayor McKane presented the Key to the City of Lansing, MI and proclaimed May 17, 1985 as Gordon Karslake Day.

• Received over a hundred Honorary Memberships in different Masonic Organizations in the US and Canada.

In 1977 Gordon joined Valley of Bay City, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. In 1978 he joined Jackson York Rite College #3 and in 1989 was nominated and received the Purple Cross. In 1979 received the Royal Order of Scotland in Indianapolis, IN.

1980 Inducted into the Michigan Priory #22 KYCH

1984 Received KYGCH with one quadrant

Gordon was a Life Member of the Masonic organizations of which he was a member reaching the highest levels in each and until his death was the oldest member of all of them.

• Served as American Legion Post Commander, Vice Commander and Color Guard Captain.

• Served 5 years as National Sojourners President and was Heroes Commander for 3 years.

• Gordon retired from the MI Defense Force in April of 2021 with a rank of Warrant Officer V having joined their ranks in 2004.

• Gordon has served as the State Director and the Regional Director for the MEMS Academy for the State Guard Association of the United States and holds the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist Certificate.

Gordon never met a stranger. While military and civil service were important components of Gordon’s life he is most remember for his loving, gentle spirit. He was generous with his kindness, always reacting to “have a good day” with a strong “only if you have a better one” even to the very end.

Gordon was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Karslake; his son, George Karslake; his parents; and his siblings: Doris, Ronald and Paul.

Gordon will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Vicky (Steve) and Jean (Kirk Quenby) Karslake; his grandchildren: Michelle (Christopher), Jaclyn (Kristopher LaClear), Kristopher, Jennifer and Nicole; his great grandchildren: Alexis, Mikaila, Donald, Dylan, Kristopher, Gordon, Abbi, Henry, Bradley, Ryan, Aidan, William, Ashley and Anthony; and his great-great granddaughter, Adaline; his sister-in-law, Shirley; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, Mason Chapel, 621 S. Jefferson St, Mason, MI. A Masonic Service will be performed at 7:30 pm to honor Gordon’s long commitment to the Masons.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 2 pm at Mason First United Methodist Church, 201 E Ash Street, Mason, MI with Military Honors at the conclusion of the service. The family will receive friends from 12 pm until 2 pm prior to the services at the church.

Services

  • Visitation

    mardi, 1 juin , 2021

  • Masonic Service

    mardi, 1 juin , 2021

  • Visitation

    mercredi, 2 juin , 2021

  • Funeral Service

    mercredi, 2 juin , 2021

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K.C. & Cindy Vincent

2 juin , 2021

Gordy was a wonderful neighbor! Always smiling, always positive, he rejoiced in everything! He will be truly missed.

Ellen Smith

1 juin , 2021


Gordon and I were "close" friends for years, I was his up north girlfriend. we shared a lot of good memories, which will be OURS.
R.I.P. my dear.

Stella Emens

1 juin , 2021

Gordy was definitely very special and a one of a kind guy! I will miss his contagious smile and enthusiasm for life! You can see by all the fabulous pictures there never was a dull moment when Gordy was around. He will be very missed at Post 148. ❤️

Sara Judd

31 mai , 2021

Mr. Karslake was one of my dad's Masonic brothers & closest friends.They were kindred spirits sharing a deep sense of love & commitment to their faith, community, & family, & they LOVED a good practical joke!🙂People often mistook them as brothers with their flat-top haircuts & uniforms of white T-shirt, jeans & a cigarette.They were like two mischievous kids when they got together! Two summers ago we visited family who moved in next to the Karslake house-Sydney, Andrew & Pawnee.🙂I asked if Mr. Karslake still lived there-he was 86 at the time. They didn't think the neighbor could be that old as he mowed his own lawn, played with Pawnee & was very active.When she said his name was Gordon, I ran over to say hello.He didn't recognize me at first but when I said I was Harold Judd's daughter Sara, he flashed that big familiar smile, threw open the door & gave me a huge hug.He insisted I come in & we talked about family, the many trips & cruises he'd taken & he joked how he was winning the contest for most heart stents.He put this youngster's activity level to shame!🙂We shared how much we missed my dad & told stories of their antics.One of my favorite's he shared that day was when they drove together to preside over a Masonic meeting in southern MI. They talked & laughed the whole way & after a few hours, realized that not only had they passed their exit but had blown past the state line & were in Ohio!🙂I am so grateful for the time that afternoon with him & for the amazing friend Mr. Karslake was to my dad & my family.When Sydney shared the news of his passing, I was heartbroken for his family & for those of us who had the great privilege to know him.I also felt a sense of comfort as I know they are up there together watching over us, pain-free, talking & laughing on their next great roadtrip together...and that makes me smile. God bless you good & faithful servant-what an amazing legacy you have left.Sending big hugs & prayers for comfort to your family from ours.

Sydney Hammerstein

31 mai , 2021

We loved having Gordon as a neighbor for the past few years. He loved talking about the history of the area and was always willing to let us borrow something if we needed it. He always had treats for our dog, Pawnee, and would teach her tricks from over the fence. We would call him Pawnee’s boyfriend because she loved him so much. We will miss seeing him in his yard and the fence chats we used to have.

The Grahams

31 mai , 2021

We’ll always remember his great smile & chuckle. He was a wonderful neighbor. I loved listening to his stories about the history of the area, the homes & his adventures. He was a wonderful fella who you could tell loved his family & country and fellow friends & neighbors.

Bruce F Archer

31 mai , 2021

Always remembered as a good neighbor, a fellow mentor and brother of Mason Lodge #70, brother of John S Bersey Chapter #316 of National Sojourners, and fellow veteran with American Legion Post #148.

Paul Babbitt

30 mai , 2021

A pleasure to know. Smile & humor will not be forgotten. Rest in peace fellow American Legion post #148.

Lyle Johnson

30 mai , 2021

A neighbor, friend, advisor and leader. Gordy was an icon.

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Biographie

Gordon Junior Karslake, 88, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 27, 2021 in Lansing, MI. He was born to Gordon Elliott and Neva Ida (Thrasher) Karslake on July 1, 1932 in Burr Oak, MI. He attended and graduated from Vanderbilt High School in 1950. Gordon attended CMU and graduated from Ferris State University in 1954 where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Majoring in Chemistry and minors in Physics, Biology, Language, Literature and English. He taught at Gaylord High and Saginaw Arthur Hill. Gordon met his wife Lucille (Wakeley) while teaching at Gaylord High School. Gordon served in the United States Army National Guard from 1949-1956.
Gordon was employed and retired from Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories, Inc. in Mason for 33 years as a Chemist. He often boosted that he was retired longer than he work!
Gordon married Lucille on December 30, 1954 until her death in 2003. They had one son, George who is deceased and two daughters, Vicky and Jean. Gordon has 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Gordon is a member of the Mason First United Methodist Church. He has served the City of Mason as an Auxiliary Police Officer. He also served on the Water and Sewer Board, the Cemetery Board and the City Planning Commission.
Like his father and grandfather, Gordon started his Masonic career with Cyrene Lodge #352 and transferred to Mason Lodge #50 in January of 1959 where he is a Life Member and Past Worshipful Master and Most Worshipful Grand Master. Gordon served on the Mason Temple Association starting in 1962 when he signed the articles of incorporation.
Gordon joined the Royal Arch, Mason Chapter in 1960 and is a Past High Priest. He was greeted into Leslie Council #50 in 1961. He is a Past Thrice Illustrious Master and served in many capacities which culminated with his election and installation as Most Illustrious Grand Master of the Grand Council Royal and Select Masters of Michigan.
Gordon was knighted in 1967 at Jackson Commandary #9. He served as Eminent Commander in 1979.
Initiated into Mason Chapter #150, Order of the Eastern Star in 1960 where he served as Patron on numerous occasions.
• Received a resolution from the City of Mason naming June 18, 1984 as Gordon Karslake Day.
• Mayor McKane presented the Key to the City of Lansing, MI and proclaimed
May 17, 1985 as Gordon Karslake Day.
• Received over a hundred Honorary Memberships in different Masonic Organizations in the US and Canada.
In 1977 Gordon joined Valley of Bay City, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite. In 1978 he joined Jackson York Rite College #3 and in 1989 was nominated and received the Purple Cross. In 1979 received the Royal Order of Scotland in Indianapolis, IN.
1980 Inducted into the Michigan Priory #22 KYCH
1984 Received KYGCH with one quadrant
Gordon was a Life Member of the Masonic organizations of which he was a member reaching the highest levels in each and until was the oldest member of all of them.
• Served as American Legion Post Commander, Vice Commander and Color Guard Captain.
• Served 5 years as National Sojourners President and was Heroes Commander for 3 years.
• Gordon retired from the MI Defense Force in April of 2021 with a rank of Warrant Officer V having joined their ranks in 2004.
• Gordon has served as the State Director and the Regional Director for the MEMS Academy for the State Guard Association of the United States and holds the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist Certificate.
Gordon never met a stranger. While military and civil service were important components of Gordon’s life he is most remember for his loving, gentle spirit. He was generous with his kindness, always reacting to “have a good day” with a strong “only if you have a better one” even to the very end.