Allen Eugene “Gene” Jordan, Sr., 77, passed away February 1, 2013 at Hill Country Memorial Hospital in Fredericksburg, TX surrounded by his loving family. He was born August 29, 1935 in Kerrville, TX to Birdia Allen Jordan and Dora Couch Jordan. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Elsa Hartmann Jordan; two sons, Allen E. Jordan, Jr., and his friend Carol and Michael Jordan and wife Nancy; daughter Michelle Conlon; six grandchildren, Whitney, Mycala, Shelby, Tyler, Chance, and Colton; and sister Marie Eckhardt and husband Lee Harry of Fredericksburg, TX. Gene is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and many dear friends. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bennett Jordan, and sister Judith Ann Jordan.
Gene graduated from Tivy High School in Kerrville, TX in 1951. Gene proudly served his country for 22 years with the U.S. Navy. In 1951 he joined the Navy and was stationed in California. After he re-enlisted for 6 years, he came home on leave and met the love of his life Elsa Hartmann. They were married on August 31, 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stonewall, TX. Gene served during the Korean War and three tours of duty in Vietnam. His first tour of duty was on the USS Bremerton out of California as a machinist mate. Gene served on several ships including the USS Enterprise 65 and retired in 1973 from the USS Dixie as a Chief Machinist Mate. After returning home from the military, he chose a career working on offshore drilling rigs for five years. He worked in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Africa. Missing his family, he returned home to start his own successful construction business with his son Allen for 31 yrs.
In the last few years, Gene enjoyed working in his garden and spending time with his grandkids taking them hunting and fishing.
Visitation will be 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Crofts – Crow Funeral Home in Johnson City. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Liberty Lighthouse Church, 321 Old River Crossing in Johnson City. Interment will follow in the Johnson City Masonic Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Melvin Sultemeier, Claude Jordan, Karl Hartmann, Calvin Hartmann, Emil Uecker, and Tyler Conlon. Honorary pallbearers are Roland Hartmann and Gene’s grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.