Gordon Grender, 90, died August 23, leaving wife Evelyn, sister Jan Heiser with husband Arlan and son Jay; children Andy and Ian, Cindy, David, and Diane, nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Born in the upper midwest, died in the Appalachians, Gordon said in the meantime he did a lot of things, enjoyed many of them, had a wonderful family, and a good life. He was an award-winning professor of geology at Virginia Tech for many years. Gordon is warmly remembered for the books he recorded for his grandchildren’s delight and for the native plants and wildlife habitat he nurtured in the backyard. He recommended to all planting a native shrub, and a long walk with someone you love.