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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Gordon C. “Gordy” Black, Sr., 62, of Coudersport, PA

Gordon C. Black, Sr.

“beloved husband, father,

grandfather, & brother”

Coudersport, PA---Gordon C. “Gordy” Black, Sr., 62, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, September 30, 2009 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA after a long illness.

Born July 5, 1947 in Coudersport, PA, he was a son of Charles A. and Dorothy M. Seeley Black. On June 20, 1970 in Coudersport, he married Patricia Ann Setzer, who survives.

Mr. Black was a graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1966. After high school he was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation before enlisting in the U.S. Army in November of 1966. He served during the Vietnam War where he was honorably discharged in October of 1968 having attained the rank of SP4. Mr. Black was the recipient of the Purple Heart after being injured in combat in Vietnam.

After serving his country, Mr. Black was again employed by PennDOT where he worked for over 30 years as an operator and painter before retiring due to ill health. His favorite job at PennDOT was serving as a parts chaser. He along with his family owned and operated the former Iron Horse Tavern in Coudersport until 2001.

He was a life member of Potter Post #192 American Legion in Coudersport, a member of Disabled American Veterans, a life member of the Harley Owners Group, a member of Volusia County (Florida) Cruisers Motorcycle Club, a member of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A. M., Coudersport, and a member of the Coudersport Consistory.

Mr. Black loved to travel and ride his Harley. For the last seven years he and his wife spent their winters in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was an avid NASCAR fan. His greatest love was his family and friends. He loved to help anyone he could.

Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Rick (Karliena) of Shadyside, Maryland, Gordon C. “Pete” (Michelle) Jr. of Coneville, and Craig A. (Cindy) of Ulysses; eight grandchildren: Katelyn, Amber, Brailee, Shaelyn, Ryelle, Marissa, Brenton, and Briana; two brothers, David L. (Bonnie) Black of Shinglehouse and Edward L. (Darla) Black of Coudersport; his mother-in-law, Yvonne “Bonnie” Setzer of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Black was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Bruce L. Setzer, and his father in law, Kenneth R. Setzer.

Friends may call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, PA and on Monday, October 5, 2009 from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport where funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany Area Charge of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Hebron.

Members of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. will conduct memorial services on Sunday evening at 8:45 p.m. in the funeral home.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Monday at the church.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Christmas House, 1 Water Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; to Potter Post #192 American Legion, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a local fire department of the donor’s choice.


Anonymous said...

My deepest condolences to Patty, and the boys. Gordy was a good guy and will be greatly missed.

Craig And Brandie Cobb and Family

Anonymous said...

My thought and prayers go out to the entire Black family. Gordy was a great guy and will missed.

The Long family

Anonymous said...

Our condolences to Patty and Family. Gordy was one of a kind, He always made you laugh. He will never beforgotten and will be miss dearly.

The Pekarski Family

Anonymous said...

My sympathy and payers go out to Pat and family!Used to enjoy working with him at Pa. Dot and hangin out @ the Iron Horse! Great person!! RIP my friend! Brad Jones-West Palm Beach

Anonymous said...

Deepest sympathy to all of Gordys family & friends. he will be greatly of the best friends we ever had. my heart aches for his family.

Anonymous said...

my prayers go out to pat and family,gordy was a very nice man & freind..RIP gordy..gpd bless..jim archer

Anonymous said...

i will miss you uncle Gordy "Phil" i will always cherish all the good times i had with you. may you rest in peace now. love you always -Amy-

Rich & Debbie (Tubbs) Lepold said...

Our thoughts and prays go out to Pat and the family. We are here for you. Gordy was a great man, He will be missed by all, You would never see him without a smile on his face, he was always so happy ,If you thought your day was bad he always had something to say to make your day better (THANKS GORDY)

Sharron said...

Words are hard to find . . .We treasured all the time we were privilaged enough to have shared with Gordie and Pat in Daytona Beach. Always looking forward to seeing them again each year. We extend our condolences to Pat and the family knowing that they have lost a man of high character, helpful spirit and ready smile. We are left with a huge hole in our hearts because of Gordies passing and wish we could be there with you Pat to give you a big hug and support. God Bless You - The Croteau's George and Sharron

Bryan & Calee Phelps said...

Such a sad loss.... Keeping the family in our Thoughts & Prayers... xo
Bryan & Calee Phelps & Family

Anonymous said...

Patty, we have so many wonderful memories with Homer,you and your wonderful family. We are blessed to be a part of those memories. Gordie will be greatly missed by all.He touched so many hearts. With all of our love.
Craig and Mona Cobb

Larry and Cindy Schultz said...

How does one say goodby to such a wonderful person such as Gordy? Words alone cannot express the sympathy that we feel in our hearts for you, Pat and family. Earth has lost a dear friend, but heaven has gained a bright angel. We'll always cherish the wonderful times we have had in Daytona Beach with you and "Homer"....the day that Gordy bought that crazy hat with the braid, all the bike rides, pot lucks, campfire visits, etc. Gordy will always live on in our hearts, and we'll always be looking around the corner to see if he's coming over with his coffee cup in hand, a smile on his face, ready to have a friendly chat. Pat, we wish we could be there with you to hug and console you, but you and your family are always with us in thought and prayer. In sympathy and love,
Larry and Cindy Schultz