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Leonard Gordon Jr., 70, of Dunkirk died Feb. 11, 2013.

He was born Feb. 18, 1942, in Philadelphia to Leonard and Caroline (DeJames) Gordon.

In 1960, he graduated from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Va., and entered the U.S. Air Force, serving for eight years. During his stationing in Machias, Maine, he met and married Judy Alberta Hooper on Aug. 1, 1964. Upon completion of his service, he entered employment with the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office where he remained until his retirement in 1997. An avid reader and world traveler, he was a lifelong “knowledge” enthusiast. His interests were broad with a special fondness for astronomy. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, friends and members of his church family from Chesapeake Church.

He was preceded in death by his son, David Gordon.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy; sons, Daniel Gordon and his wife, Elizabeth, of Ashburn, Va., and Donald Gordon of Chesapeake Beach; daughter-in-law, Renee O’Brien of Huntingtown; granddaughters, Kate O’Brien of Durham, N.C., Megan O’Brien of Huntingtown and Alexandra, Ava and Ashton Gordon, all of Ashburn, Va.; sisters, Patricia Sparks of Burke, Va., and Attricia DeJames of Chesapeake, Va.

Family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Feb. 13, at Rausch Funeral Home in Owings, where a funeral service and celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14.

Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens in Dunkirk.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Chesapeake Church, P.O. Box 936, Huntingtown, MD 20639.