Richard Gordon, aka 'Papa-san', my uncle and my primary budo teacher, died Thursday, Aug. 16, at St. John's Medical Center, Joplin, MO. Funeral services will be tomorrow, at his wife Marilyn's church in Joplin. Funeral services are being managed by Parker Mortuary
in Joplin. A link to his obit is below. You can post messages of condolence to the family or sign a guestbook online at the mortuary website.
had been a student of budo for many years, and among other systems, spent time training in both Yoshinkan and Shinshintoitsu aikido.
I know a few of his students and others who knew him lurk here. If you are, and would like to, send me your contact info, please.
In lieu of flowers, Emily and I will prepare a donation for Ozark Camp Quality (a camp for kids with cancer with which Papa-san did extensive work in his later years) in Papa-san's name from The Dojo and Shobukan.
Camp Q website: http://www.campqualityusa.org/
Mo. website: http://www.campqualityusa.org/camps/oz12.asp
If you feel so led, feel free to donate (the mortuary is arranging for collection of donations, I believe) or send flowers as you see fit, but I'm pretty sure Papa-san would rather have seen donations to help the kids at the camp than have a bunch of smelly wreaths at the church ...