Gordon C. Litke 92 passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Schenectady, NY on December 10, 1921, he was the son of Charles and Mary Litke.
Gordon was a World War II veteran stationed in England where he met his future bride Doreen Cosens. They were married in Taunton, Somerset on March 12, 1945 and were devoted to each other.
Gordon was a machinist at Watervliet Aersonal for many years. He was a member of the Wood Butchers Carving Club and the Kayderosseras Rod and God Club. Gordon was an active member of the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church where he served as an elder, worked in the soup kitchen, did numerous projects with Habitat for Humanity and volunteered at First Night.
Gordon taught his children and grandchildren how to fish, ice skate, shoot, swim, tie flies and respect nature. He had a great love of the outdoors and conservation. He took both his sons and daughters hunting and taught them to love the woods and care for their preservation. He and his family spent every summer at the camp on Lake Lonely where their fondest memories of spending quiet time fishing with their Dad were made.
He was predeceased by his grandson Cliff Litke. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 69 years Doreen; his children Wayne Litke (Brenda) of Greenfield Center, Maureen Robinson (Bill) of Saratoga Springs, Glenn Litke of Rotterdam, Clifford Litke of Niskayuna and Pamela Matthews (Roy) of Scotia; grandchildren Karen Hale, Jill Paulson, Kristen Barritt, Danielle Murphy, Shayne Matthews, Devon Matthews and Taylor Matthews; great grandchildren Jessica Hale, Lauren Paulson and Levi Gordon Murphy.
Relatives and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 10 from 5-8pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. A memorial service will be held 2pm Monday, August 11 at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular Street, Saratoga Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Gordon to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society www.lls.org