Gordon Alan Headlee was born on April 9, 1943, to Floyd and Dorothy Headlee at the Osceola Hospital in Osceola, Nebraska and was almost immediately nicknamed "Butch". The name Butch didn't stick with him long. Friends and family affectionally came to know him as "Gordy". He grew up on the outskirts of Osceola with this parents, three brothers (Gerald, Steven and James), one sister (Janelle) and the family pooch named Corky. Floyd give his son his first hair cut on May 3, 1944. Floyd and Dorothy presented Gordon for baptism on April 1, 1945. He had a long walk to and from the one-room school he attended until transferring to Osceola Public Schools. As a boy, he was a good student, active in school events and was a Boy Scout with Troop 162 where he excelled in map reading and fire building. He graduated from the Osceola 8th Grade on May 14, 1957 and was a graduating member of Osceola High School, Class of 1961. On April 18, 1961 he signed his Selective Service registration certificate. Upon graduation, he ventured from Osceola to San Diego, California, where he attended the United States Navel Training Center. In processing he got his first taste of Navy life with a new address, new set a clothes and his first buzz cut curtesy of the United States Navy. Boot camp taught him to salute, firing positions, firefighting and "jumping the break". While days were filled with inspections, marching and physical conditioning he never forgot to write letters home to his Mom and family. After graduation from boot camp, he was stationed at Mare Island with the Pacific Reserve Fleet in Vallejo, California. His Navy service took him to Hawaii and the Philippine Islands. He received the National Defense Service Medal and though his service ended on November 17, 1965 he received a Community of Heroes award from the Department of Veteran Affairs on March 1, 2016. Once he returned home from his Navy duties, he set out on his life as a husband and father. He married Nancy Ramey at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Stromsburg, Nebraska on May 7, 1966. After residing in Stromsburg for a short time, he relocated his bride to Ulysses, Kansas were he became an offset pressman for the Ulysses News. Their family began with the birth of his daughter, LeAnna Marie in November 1967. Three years later he returned to his native Nebraska, this time settling in York. He worked at York Printing for several years and in March 1970, the family grew to 4 with the birth of his son, Michael Alan. He made many friends in York. His friendships with Larry Blair and Ron Mogul were to last until the end. They spent many evenings having coffee, riding motorcycles, constructing various motorized vehicles for work and play. During the summer these three and their families were seen heading out of town in a three camper convoy on their way to Alexandra State Park for a weekend of camping and fishing. During the winter, they were headed to the Nebraska sandhills for grouse and pheasant hunting. He raised his family in York and finally retired to Stromsburg in 2008. During his retirement years he built miniature log cabins, collected country music, traveled and tended to his beloved Shih Tzu, Cookie. On November 4, 2021, during a global pandemic, Gordy quietly passed way after contracting the Covid-19 virus. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother, Gerald. Left to remember his life are his two bothers, sister, daughter, son, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. A military honors service, followed by a Celebration of Life reception will be held on April 9, 2022 at the Stromsburg cemetery and Swede Haven community room. His family encourages you to share your memories of Gordy on this memorial site. Contributions in Gordon's name can be made at York Adopt A Pet or directed to the family through Lincoln Family Funeral Care.
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