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Gordon Elmer Madru, 80, passed away, June 15, after 6 years battle with Parkinson’s and other complications.
He was born at Mission Hospital, Huntington Park on August 17, 1932, to Elmer and Ethel Madru. Gordon graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1950. After high school he attended Frank Wiggins Trade School (now LA Trade Tech) where he studied auto mechanics.
On September 5, 1952, shortly before enlisting in the US Air Force, he and his wife Marilyn were married. While in the armed forces Gordon was stationed in Guam and later reassigned to Long Island, New York. In August of 1954, while still in the Air Force, Gordon and Marilyn were surprised with being a guest on the Truth or Consequences TV Show. After serving in the military, Gordon settled in Downey and went to work for Mobil Oil Corporation where he worked for 32 years beginning as a mechanic and retiring as an accountant.
He was active in Indian Guides, Boy Scouts, CBMC, Aerospace Legacy Foundation, Downey Historical Society and First Baptist Church of Downey. Gordon enjoyed traveling, working on cars, helping others and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife Marilyn of 60 years, two sons, Stephen (Esmeralda) and Victor (Beverly), and 5 grandchildren * Lyndsay, Shannon, Justin, Micah, and Jared, as well as niece Linda and her husband David in addition to a large extended family.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Downey at 8348 3rd street Downey CA 90241, at lO:OO a.m. June 20, 2013, followed by a reception at the church and family interment at Rose Hills. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Living Help Center 10642 Downey Ave. Suite 107, Downey, CA 90241.
Published: June 20, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 10