Mark Kevin Gordon passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 6, 2020, at his home in the New River Valley at the age of 56.
He was born on Sept. 8, 1963, in Roanoke. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert “Bob” Gordon, Jr. (1992), his step-father, Benjamin Holstein, Jr. (2011), and a special sister, Linda McDaniel (2018).
Mark is survived by his three daughters, Sherry Shank (Ryan) of Pennsylvania., Caty Gordon of New York and Chelsey Gordon-Farkosh (Andrew) of Virginia; his two brothers, Michael Gordon (Kristina) of Wakefield, Va., and Milan Gordon of Riner; his sister, Kristen Holstein of Riner, his mother, Barbara Holstein of Rin; and his two grandchildren, Nolan and Catherine Shank of Pennsylvania.
He will be greatly missed by his special little friend, Anthony; and his two Labrador retrievers, Buddy and Eleanor, who were faithfully always by his side.
Mark was a 1981 graduate of Shawsville High School. After returning to the NRV from years of owning his own business in Northern Virginia, he operated/managed a local bed and breakfast for 11 years. He recently had returned to his previous career and occupation of operating a crane and took great pride in his work.
Mark was full of life and was passionate about his hobbies. He thrived on hosting social events with family and friends. Creative ideas and plans often occupied his thoughts, and he was always up for outdoor adventures. He spent his time working on home improvement and building projects, tending to his garden, caring for his chickens and his bees and taking Buddy and Eleanor kayaking on the New River. He enjoyed making and canning large batches of apple butter in the fall and taking his mom on road trips to Pennsylvania.
A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, from 3-5 p.m. at Bisset Park Shelter #3 in Radford.
In lieu of flowers or donations and in remembrance of how Mark lived his life, take a moment to hug your child, grandchild, beloved pet, neighbor or friend Go for a walk in the woods or enjoy a body of water for a moment, an hour or a day. Time waits for no one.
The Gordon family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home and Crematory in Radford.