Obituaries

DEATH SADDENS GORDONITES AT CENTENNIAL PARADE


| January/February 1961



Death was an unwelcome guest at the Gordon Centennial celebration Saturday. A long-time resident of the community, Ray F. Lockman, 66, an active member of the Centennial committee, died of a heart attack when the old-time steam tractor he was driving in the parade broke down shortly after the parade got underway.

A retired machinist whose hobby was restoring old steam tractors, the huffing, puffing antiques of early farming and logging, Lockman died pursuing his favorite pastime, trying to get his machine operating.

Dramatically the old tractor huffed to a halt just after it lumbered across the railroad tracks and reached Gordon's main intersection. Lockman tooted the whistle a few times to give the crowd a thrill, then signalled for the rest of the parade to continue on around the disabled giant.

Shortly afterward Lockman collapsed, and although medical attention was given almost at once, he had died almost instantly. His death added a sombre note to the community's big centennial event, a celebration in which Lockman himself had helped with much of the planning. It was somehow symbolic, too, that death should make its appearance at such an event, as those of the present gathered to honor the accomplishments and memory of those who have gone ahead.

Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Gordon Presbyterian church, Rev. David Stensvold officiating, with interment in the Gordon cemetery. Military rites were accorded by the Lockman-Jensen Post 499 of the American Legion. The post is named for Frank Lockman, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lockman, who was killed in World War II.

Ray Lockman was an active member of the Legion post, and of the Gordon Civic club, and a member of the fire department. Survivors include his wife, Olivia, of Gordon; a son, Robert, Anoka, Minn.; a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Jester, Kansas city, Kas.; a sister, Mrs. Albert (Susan) Shaker, Bonners Ferry, Ida.; two brothers, Lester, Bonners Ferry, Ida., and Roy, Whitehall, and three grandchildren.