Gordon Ashton France
b. 29 Nov 1911 Marion, Grant Co., IN to Rev. Nathan P. France & Carrie Catherine Arford
d. 27 July 2009 at Franklin United Methodist Community, Franklin, Johnson Co., IN
bur. Anderson Memorial Gardens, Anderson, Madison Co., IN
m. 17 April 1937 at Anderson, Madison Co., IN
Madelyn Elisabeth Wright (still living)
Children with Madelyn Elisabeth Wright:
- Three children, all still living
Gordon France was the youngest of three sons born to Rev. Nathan Perry France and Carrie Catherine Arford of Grant Co., IN. He attended the University of Indianapolis and graduated magna cum laude in 1933. He served as class president and was active in the school’s tennis and baseball teams. In 2001, members of his baseball team were admitted to the University of Indianapolis Hall of Fame in recognition of their 13-0 season during Gordon’s senior year. He later served on the Board of Trustees for the University and became Trustee Emeritus. Hewas also involved in civic affairs for the community of Anderson, IN where he was active on the school board, the city council, the board of the YMCA, various non-profit community organizations, the Masons, Kiwanis, and the Boy Scouts of America. He was also active with the United Brethren/Methodist Church.
He spent most of his life in Indiana except for a brief period during World War II when he was living in Ohio and working towards the war effort. After the war, he returned to Indiana where he remained until his death in 2009.