Tracy L. Gerdon

June 5, 2012

COPENHAGEN, N.Y.    Tracy Lewis Gerdon, 63, of 8281 County Route 125, Chaumont, and formerly of Copenhagen, died Sunday, June 3, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Born Nov. 15, 1948, in Scipio, N.Y., the son of Quentin Owasco and Pauline June Ramsey Gerdon, he attended school in Copenhagen.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1966 and served five tours of duty in Vietnam. At 4 10, he was the shortest Marine in the service at that time. He earned several medals, including a Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts w/ 3rd Presidential Unit Citation, Bronze Cross, Gold Star, two Vietnam Service Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device and the RVM Cross of Gallantry w/palm, the good conduct medal. He was honorably discharged in 1972.

He worked as a farm hand for various locations during his civilian life.

He is survived by two children; a son, Adrian David Gerdon, Florida; a daughter, Tina Gerdon, Maine; several brothers and sisters, Dave Gerdon, Copenhagen; Paul Gerdon, Chaumont, Jane and Maurice Doyle, Copenhagen; and Diana Gerdon, California; and six grandchildren.

Two sisters; Doreen Kula and Patricia Kensley, died before him.

He was a member of the Lowville VFW and a life member of the Marine Corps League in Lowville.

A graveside service with military honors will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 9, in Evergreen Cemetery in Barnes Corners with Rev. Linda J. Harris officiating.

Arrangements are being handled by the Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 10229 Washington St., Copenhagen.

Information provided by Bossuot-Lundy Funeral Home, Inc., and, Watertown, N.Y.