OBITUARY

Gordon Ralph Gaenzle

January 12, 1929November 16, 2021
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Gordon Ralph Gaenzle Sr, a long time resident of El Paso, left this world for his heavenly home on November 16th after battling a brief illness. He leaves behind 3 children, Brenda Prieto and her husband Armando, of El Paso, Dianne Young of Ruidoso Downs, and Gordon Gaenzle Jr and his wife Kerrin of Austin. He also leaves 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He also is survived by his brother Ron Gaenzle of El Paso.

Gordon was born in Blair County Pennsylvania on January 12, 1929 to Walter and Loretta Gaenzle. When Gordon was in grade school the family moved to the El Paso area. Gordon graduated from Austin High school in 1946.

Gordon joined the army and served in the occupation force in Japan. He was very proud of his military service as well as that of his brothers. He loved his country very much.

After returning from Japan, Gordon attended University of Texas at El Paso. (Texas Western) After graduating, he then began his career with Whites Home and Auto in Fox Plaza and stayed with Whites as general manager until the company went out of business in 1976.

After leaving Whites, he worked with Christian Schools of El Paso and then with his brother Jay as an investment and financial consultant.

Gordon met the love of his life, Arlene Pierce and they were married November 6th, 1949. They were married for 72 years at the time of her passing in 2020.

Gordon was a devout Christian and served as both a deacon and an Elder with much of that time spent at Eastwood church of Christ. Along with his wife Arlene, they spent their years serving the Lord, their community and church.

You would most likely find Gordon working in his garage or on his yard. He enjoyed making his yard beautiful. You might also find him up on a ladder fixing whatever might need repair at home or church.

His family will miss him greatly.

There will be a military honor Internment at 9:00 AM on Saturday, November 20 at Restlawn on Dyer, with the memorial service following at 10:30 AM at Eastwood Church of Christ on album street.

  • FAMILY

  • Gordon R. Gaenzle Jr., Son
  • Brenda Sue Prieto, Daughter
  • Dianne Young, Daughter
  • Mr. Gaenzle also leaves behind 7 grandchildren, 1 grandchild and 1 brother to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, November 19, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 20, 2021

Memories

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Kurt Gaenzle

November 25, 2021

Deepest condolences to my cousins Gordon Jr., Brenda, and Dianne.
I didn't know my Uncle Gordon (and family) until I started school at UTEP, but as soon as we all met, I knew you are very special folks.
I fondly remember joining Uncle Gordon and my dad (Jay) often for lunch at Luby's restaurant. One of his favorites.
We had many discussions over the years while I was at UTEP (and after) and greatly respected his wisdom and kindness.
Love and Light,
Kurt Gaenzle


Gwen Blair

November 19, 2021

There are so many memories I am not sure where to start…..so I will begin from 1953 as a senior in high school when I first met Gordon!
Our family had gone to T or C ,NM for Christmas with Aunt Luta and Uncle Wilberts families! Aunt Luta and Uncle Nona took us to Gordon and Arlene’s for a mini reunion!! The young people….being Arlene, Gordon, Gene Jim and myself , went for an evening adventure in Old Mexico, just across the Border from ElPaso! Jim (being the little devil he was) tried to use a few scare tactics by telling me I could be snatched and kept there and my family would never see me again!🥴 Gordon (being the gentleman he was) stepped up to escort and protect me for the evening! I promptly fell in love with my cousins husband on the spit!! So much so , I named our first son after him!
This want a problem until we moved from Kansas years later, for Dick to work in a mine for Gordon and Dan Medley….. by that time Arlene had their son little Gordon! Our families we’re together a lot, so had to start calling the three Gordon’s…. Gordon; Gordy and Gordo!!
So many stories and wonderful memories!!(Get Gordy to tell you his watermelon plant story….if he remembers 😂)
Our prayers are for God to flood your lives with great memories and HIS healing Love….until you are ALL together again!!❤️😘

Gordon Blair

November 18, 2021

To all my cousins, Brenda, Diane, and Gordy. Uncle Gordon is back with Aunt Arlene now looking down on y'all and your families from heaven and will always be thinking of everyone. The world lost a great and wonderful man, but heaven and Aunt Arlene gained one. Love y'all!!

Jeanette Blickhan

November 18, 2021

Deepest Sympathy to you Dianne and your family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Dianne Young

November 18, 2021

I will miss you, but I'm so grateful you were my Daddy and that we were together at the end. Love you, Di

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