Portage - Gordon “Gordy” L. Sumwalt, age 70, of Portage, was at home with his family when he went peacefully to his eternal heavenly home on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. He was born in Hillpoint on Dec. 31, 1946 to Lawrence and Marcella Sumwalt. He lived in the township of Caledonia since 1974 in the house that he designed and built. Gordy was united in marriage to Laurene Rockhill on May 16, 1970 in Madison.
Gordy was a gentle, loving, and generous husband, father, grandfather and servant of God. He had his own construction and home inspection businesses for many years. Among Gordy’s special interests were model trains, history, Creation and the Tabernacle. He enjoyed helping others. He was always ready to take on new adventures including leading several Safety Patrol trips to Washington, DC; driving a stock car, school buses and charter buses; and leading the Boys’ Brigade. His church activities ranged from serving as a Deacon, managing the church library and lending his handyman skills for all manner of needs. If you had a question on most any subject or needed help you could be sure Gordy would be there for you.
Gordy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Laurene; his children, Julie and David (Melissa); grandchildren, Cassondra, Parker and Isabella; brother, Mel (Kim); and sister-in-law, Barbara; special canine companion, Benson; and many other dear family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, Gordy was preceded in leaving for heaven by his brother, Dean.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at CrossPoint Assembly of God Church, 2727 County Rd. CX, Portage, with Rev. Randy Mantik officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services. Private family interment will take place in Shanks Cemetery in Caledonia Township, Columbia County. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to be forwarded to the Answers in Genesis Ministry. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the SSM Health at Home Hospice for the wonderful care given to Gordy during his last months on earth.