Feb. 9, 1932 to Jan. 3, 2014
A memorial service will be held February 1 for Scotts Valley resident Gordon Nordstrom who died peacefully in his sleep after a long illness. He was 81.
Mr. Nordstrom was born in Seattle, Wash. and in 1952 he joined the Marines. He was proud to serve his country during the Korean War. Following his service, he joined The Navigators, a Christian organization, and moved to France in Christian service.
He married Margaret Mee, and they spent more than 20 years in England and Scotland raising their four children and working as missionaries.
On returning to California in 1981 Mr. Nordstrom continued ministering internationally. They moved to Scotts Valley 12 years ago and became active in Montevalle, their church and the community.
Many Scotts Valley residents will remember Mr. Nordstrom from his job at Starbucks where he always had a friendly greeting and smile for customers. Mr. Nordstrom had a love of life and pursued many passions including singing, art, languages, book-binding and opera. He volunteered in the French class at Scotts Valley High School. He enjoyed Bible study with many friends.
The couple was married for 50 years.
He is survived by his wife Margaret Nordstrom of Scotts Valley; children Denise Ahlstrom and husband Greg of Scotts Valley, Nicola Nordstrom-Wright and husband Adam of Scotts Valley and Oakland and Mark Nordstrom and wife Elvie; seven grandchildren and step-sister Jan Fenske of Channel Islands. His son Eric Nordstrom died in 2007.
Friends are invited to a memorial service at 11 a.m. Feb. 1 at Gateway Bible Church, 5000 Granite Creek Road. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org or Toys for Tots, www.toysfortots.org