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 Gordon T Sperry

Gordon T Sperry

Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, USA
Death 26 Apr 2009 (aged 90)
Lancaster, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Mackinac County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 54158749 · View Source
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Military: WWII, Army, cryptographer

Married: 1944, HELEN T. LEWIS, Ohio

Four children

Gordon T. Sperry, 90, of Lancaster, PA and formerly of Toledo, OH died on April 26th, 2009. He was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, on January 31, 1919 and completed his elementary and high school education there. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University just after World War II.

One of the first men to be drafted, Gordon served as a cryptographer in WWII, routinely handling messages between FDR and Churchill. While stationed in London, he also served as the Army's tenor soloist in the Westminster Abbey choir.

He married Helen Lewis, a fellow student at Ohio Wesleyan, in 1944. They had 4 children and, while growing up, the family lived in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Ohio. Helen and Gordon and the kids spent as much of every summer as possible at their cottage in the Straits of Mackinac on Bois Blanc Island. Gordon and Helen were married for over 50 years. Helen is already buried in the Island Cemetery; Gordon will soon be joining her.

After Helen's death, Gordon moved to Lancaster to be closer to family. He lived in Homestead Village and was active in their choir, bridge games and college football on TV. He was known for his companionship, his fine sense of humor, and his tenor voice, and he will be missed by all.

He is survived by his four children, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Anyone wishing to make contributions should send them to Bois Blanc Island Community Foundation, PO BOX 907, Pointe aux Pins, MI 49775. The foundation's goal is to support the charitable, educational, cultural, recreational, environmental and social welfare needs of the people of Bois Blanc Island, to the end of making the island a safer and more enjoyable community for all.
Source: May 1, 2009, Intelligencer Journal Lancaster New Era, PA

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Gravesite Details Buried in the Bois Blanc Island cemetery in Mackinac, Michigan





  • Created by: Catherine Clemens Sevenau
  • Added: 26 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54158749
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gordon T Sperry (31 Jan 1919–26 Apr 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54158749, citing McRae Cemetery, Mackinac County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Catherine Clemens Sevenau (contributor 47082189) .