GORDON “GORDIE” VAN MARTER
Gordon Alfred Van Marter, 79, of Zionsville, IN passed away on September 2, 2021 after an extended illness. Gordon was born on September 8, 1941 in Batavia, NY to Grandon Gordon and Kathryn (Swonger) Van Marter.
Gordon’s hometown was Angola, Indiana. He was a proud graduate of Angola High School class of ’59. He was a true “Hornet ”. He graduated from Tri-State College (now Trine University) with a degree in Engineering in 1963.
He worked as a sales rep for IBM Corporation for 7 years and for CR Gibson for 5 years, before becoming the Facilities Manager for Humana Women’s Hospital. After spending 15 years at Boehringer Mannheim Corporation (now Roche Diagnostics) Gordon ventured out on his own with Criterium -Van Marter Engineers eventually creating Van Marter Associates where his son, Michael, still works.
He enjoyed golfing with his son and friends, and was a member of Ulen Country Club for 17 years. He loved traveling, including a trip to Rome, Italy to visit his friend Jerry “Huffie” Hoffman and Hawaii where he returned many times to the island of Maui. For over 40 years, he traveled annually on “The Guys Fishing Trip” in Canada with life-long friends; Mike “Muskie” Marolf, Peter “PA” Poorman, and Stan “Smitty” Smith. On these trips, the guys were often accompanied by their sons.
He married Donna L. Hagadorn on October 27, 1962, and they were blessed with four children and coached them in Little League and varsity sports. He is survived by a daughter and 3 sons, Kirsten (Tom) Van Marter-Clevenger of Pendleton, IN; Robb Van Marter of Boston, MA; Michael Van Marter of Indianapolis, IN and Derek (Nicole Ringgold) Van Marter of Twisp, WA. He has 4 granddaughters, Kasie, Kama, Kylie and Cymone. He is also survived by his wife of 15 years, Terrie Van Marter, 2 step-children, Aimee (Kevin Elkins) Catellier of Greenfield, IN and Andrew (Tabitha) Catellier of Pendleton, SC; 4 step-grandchildren, Mason , Gavin in IN, Mya and Nora in SC; his sister, Barbara Lantz of Ravenna, OH; and four nieces and a nephew, Joni (Corinne) Lantz; Vicki (Lisa) Lantz; Tia (Brian) Davis, all in OH, Kim Palmer Glover and Kirk Palmer both in KS. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Fern Palmer; and brother-in-law, Wayne Palmer, KS.
There will be a Celebration of Life at Aaron Ruben Nelson Mortuary, 11411 N Michigan Rd. Zionsville, IN on Friday, September 10, 2021 from 4 - 7 PM. Burial will be a private ceremony at Circle Hill Cemetery in Angola.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gordon’s honor to the Angola High School boys and girls basketball teams, 350 S. John McBride Ave., Angola, IN 46703.
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