Gordon Jay Vinkemulder

February 4, 1936May 6, 2019

Gordon Jay Vinkemulder, 83, of Coconut Creek, FL, passed away on May 6, 2019.

Born in Alaska, Michigan, to Phillip and Frances Vinkemulder, he was the second youngest of eight children. The family moved to Broward County in 1948, and in 2014 Gordon was designated as a Broward County Pioneer.

He was a successful businessman and owner of Wooden Shoe Gardens with his brother Neal. He was a past president of Broward County Farm Bureau and involved in the Florida Farm Bureau organization for many years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pompano and participated in community service groups throughout his lifetime. He served in the U.S. Army in 1957 & was stationed in Germany.

Gordon is survived by: three daughters, Sharon (Rich) Vollmer, Lee (Michael) Smith, and Sheila Bush; three grandchildren, Melissa (Trey) Mansfield, Melanie Pompos, and Luke Pompos; one Great-grandson, Peter Jay Mansfield; Brother, Dale (Elaine) Vinkemulder, and brother-in-law, Ken VanTuinen. Many beloved nieces and nephews; Dan (Janet) Vinkemulder, Larry (Gaye) Vinkemulder, Penny Lawson, Robin (Laddie) DeRocco, Beth (Robin) Hellman, Nancy (Kenny) Ash, Scott (Lynne) Vinkemulder, Lynne Kay (Bob) Rich, Bobby Vinkemulder, Dennis Vinkemulder, Jeri Walma, Renee (Tom) Gaines, Kevin Vinkemulder, Gary (Luann) Robinson, Peggy Cotter, Jim VanTuinen, Tom (Lori) VanTuinen, Keith VanTuinen, Harper Vinkemulder, Jim Vinkemulder, and Carol (Paul) Hamel. He is pre deceased by his parents, Phillip and Frances Vinkemulder, his siblings Phillip (Phyllis), Paul (Arly), Leona Robinson, Robert (Curly), Dorie Van Tuinen, Neil (Joyce) Dwight Vinkemulder, Jack Vinkemulder, and Debbie Cooper.


  • Sharon (Rich) Vollmer, Daughter
  • Lee (Michael) Smith, Daughter
  • Sheila Bush, Daughter
  • Dale (Elaine) Vinkemulder, Brother
  • Ken Van Tuinen, Brother-in-law
  • Melissa (Trey) Mansfield, Granddaughter
  • Melanie Pompos, Granddaughter
  • Luke Pompos, Grandson
  • Peter Jay Mansfield, Great Grandson
  • Gordon also leaves many beloved nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, May 11, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, May 11, 2019


Gordon Jay Vinkemulder

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Monica & Jerry Datz-Hill

May 11, 2019

So sad that our cheerful, always happy guy Gordon is no longer with us but God just got another beautiful Angel. The memories are way too many to write here but just a few...Band days with Golden Tornadoes, my dad was Fast Eddie and he was Flash Gordon, Oh my what a team. His graduation party for one of his daughters ( I ate 8 hamburgers because they were so good). Riding the 3 wheeler and a bareback horse at the nursery and a few fun nickel-dime poker games out there. He even came to see us in Tennessee. What a man. He will be missed but not forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughters Sheila, Sharon and Lee and the whole family as we know most of you. Have peace with the great memories you have with your awesome daddy.

Monica and Jerry

Terri Brown

May 10, 2019

He was always did things with all us neighborhood kids, like playing softball, in fact one time, I think he was at bat and the ball hit his window on the upper level. It's one of old ones that you cranked open, so it hit the top one and went down to the second one and onto the third. He often took us to the nursery where we would hang out and have fun there. We often thought of him as a second dad.
He was a mentor and a good person. Always helping a lending hand when needed. I will miss his big smile, his laughter and his kind heart. Keep smiling and laughing up there in Heaven Gordon............... πŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ˜€πŸ’œπŸ˜€

Jan Moppert

May 10, 2019

His greatness will never be forgotten.

Pam Parton Whittaker

May 9, 2019

I am deeply sorry to hear this sad news. Gordon, you were such a great man and will be missed. RIP my friend.

Linda Oconnor

May 9, 2019

I will always remember his smiling face , the love he had for his daughters, and the best dance moves ever, especially the hip action. What a wonderful role model for all the people he encountered. That twinkle in his eye, his joy and love for people. He surely will be missedπŸ’™