Gordon Walter Pappenfuss, age 83, passed away on October 25, 2017 in the comfort of his home in Pleasanton.
Gordon was born in Redford Township, Michigan in 1934, the son of Walter and Marie Pappenfuss.
He was preceded in death by his first love and wife of 55 years, Nancy (Smith) Pappenfuss, his only grandson Joseph Gordon Hamper, his sister Betty Little and brother Donald Pappenfuss.
He started his career at General Motors as a welder, obtaining several Journeyman cards and after 30 years, he retired at the age of 55, as a Millwright from General Motors. He was a man who had many trades and never hesitated to help others. He was quick witted and those in his presence were always laughing. His biggest thrill came from obtaining a pilot’s license at the age of 30 and owning his own plane that allowed family and friends to share his love of flying. After retiring he and his wife briefly lived in Florida and later moved to Pleasanton to be closer to his only daughter, Vicky Arnott and her family.
He is survived by his sisters Beverly Shedd and late husband Frank of Tampa, Florida, Diane Speck and husband Fred of Lapeer, Michigan; grandchildren, Gerri (Hamper) Flory and husband Nathan, Heather (Arnott) Martinez and husband Jeremiah, and Johnna Arnott; great-grandchildren Hudson and Felicity Flory and Kade Martinez, as well as numerous Pappenfuss and Smith nieces, nephews, and long time family friends.
The funeral was held at their own family cemetery, River Oaks on October 30, 2017 at 10 a.m.
A later memorial will be held next summer in Michigan, with his large family and many friends to reminisce his many pranks and love of life.