SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb, - (KNEP) - Tonight, the Panhandle mourns the loss of Gordon Howard who spearheaded the Oregon Trail Wagon Train.
His wife, Patty says she will miss his smile the most as those at the Residency recall the great company he provided. She was a part of his life for 65 years and says he loved doing things for people and loved history.
Howard smiled through his injuries and was very happy to see people.
Those who spent time with him at the Residency like Shelly Knutson said even on those days he could not speak he would hold your hand and not let go.
“He’s our family, it’s a loss for all of us,” says Knutson while holding back tears.
Known for what he created with his hands but it’s the emotion he created for everyone that built his legacy.
“He was a caring man,” mentions Patty.
Not afraid to make conversation with anyone and everyone, Gordon was very outgoing and will be missed.
Upon his request, Gordon will be cremated with a service at the Residency Friday. The family is asking for no visitors at this time. He was 85.