|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1911|
|Death: ||Jul. 27, 2009|
Gordon France was the youngest of three sons of the late Rev. Nathan Perry France and Carrie Catherine (Arford) France. He married Madelyn Elisabeth Wright on April 17, 1937.
Gordon graduated magna cum laude from Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) in 1933. He was an active student leader, class president, and athlete in tennis and baseball. During his senior year the baseball team had a 13-0 season. The living members of the team were entered in the (ICC) University of Indianapolis Hall of Fame in 2001. He served on the Alumni Board of Directors from 1962-1966 and was president for one year. He served on the Board of Trustees from 1970-1993 when he became Trustee Emeritus. The University presented him with the Outstanding Service Award in 1991.
He worked for Delco Remy in Anderson from 1933-1973 and received an Outstanding Performance Award. He finished his tenure as Superintendent for Production and Material Control. He was active in Anderson in civic affairs: as a School Board member, 1952-1958; Councilman at Large on the City Council, 1964-1971 serving a term as its president; and as a board member of the YMCA, Salvation Army, United Way, and Exchange Club. He was a Mason for 25 years. An active Republican, he received the Lincoln award in 1983. He was affiliated with Boy Scouts of America from 1934-1968 receiving the Silver Beaver Award and International Awards. He was active in the United Brethren Church/United Methodist Church teaching Sunday school, serving on advisory boards, and representing the church in the Southern Conference District during its annual meetings.
He was proud of his more than 55 years of service with Kiwanis International. The Kiwanis Indiana District governor planned a surprise celebration in his honor, and The Johnson County Daily Journal noted the celebration December 27, 2001 just after he turned 90 when he was awarded the Kiwanis Legion of Honor pin that denotes 55 years of service.
Survivors include his wife Madelyn; children Carolyn Lausch (Gene), Indianapolis; Robert France (Shirley), Mooresville; Richard France (Patricia), Indianapolis; 7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one niece Paula (France) Martin, Anderson, Indiana.
Nathan Perry France (1869 - 1952)
Carrie Catherine Arford France (1877 - 1963)
Paul Arford France (1905 - 1949)*
Robert Keith France (1910 - 1928)*
Gordon Ashton France (1911 - 2009)
Together In Memory
Anderson Memorial Park
Plot: Block E, Section 192, Grave 1
GPS (lat/lon): 40.04439, -85.72032
Created by: Rick France
Record added: Jul 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39963566