Gordon R. Ainsworth, 94, of Moline, Illinois, died Monday, February 1, 2021.
Services are 4:00 p.m. Friday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline, with The Rev. Becky David officiating. The service will be livestreamed and archived for viewing on Gordon’s obituary page at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com. Visitation is 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and will conclude with military honors performed by Moline American Legion Post #246. The use of masks and social distancing will be required. Private burial will take place prior to services at Rock Island Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Arrowhead Ranch or First Congregational Church.
Gordon Ross Ainsworth was born December 13, 1926, in Moline, the son of George Rodney and Dorothy (Ross) Ainsworth. In Junior High School, he played the flute and was seated next to the brass section. He said he rarely heard a note he played!
He graduated in 1944 from Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, and continued on to Amherst College. Six months later he was drafted in the U.S. Army and served as a Staff Sergeant in Atlanta, Georgia, at Fort McPherson. He returned to Amherst College and graduated in 1950 with a B.A. in Economics. He married Kaye Crissey on December 6, 1969, at First Congregational Church in Moline.
Gordon was the 4th generation of Ainsworth in the family business, Dimock, Gould & Co. He started working in the lumber yard and worked his way up through various positions, retiring as President, but still serving alongside his two daughters on the board until the business closed in 2014.
Throughout his lifetime, he spent as much time as possible at their family home overlooking Lake Michigan, where he enjoyed sailing and fishing as a young boy with his cousin, Tom Getz. Growing up, he collected stamps and later grew an interest in Frances Ware and Frosted Hobnail Glass. He also loved golfing, walking the beach looking for lucky glass, and spending time with family and friends.
Gordon was a lifelong member of First Congregational Church, Moline, and Moline Rotary Club. He also served on the board of directors for Arrowhead Ranch and the Moline Public Hospital. He was a member of Short Hills Country Club and White Lake Golf Club, where he was known as one of the worst golfers, but he truly enjoyed playing.
He was always a gentleman, and a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will forever be remembered for his positive outlook on life, patience, and wonderful sense of humor.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Katie; daughters, Jennifer (David) Van Hook of Moline, and Sarah (Jerry) Fulscher of Moline; and grandchildren, Lauren and Conner Fulscher. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Ann and Cynthia Ainsworth; and an infant brother, Ross Ainsworth.
The family would like to thank all of Gordon’s wonderful caregivers over the years and invites friends to share stories and condolences at TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.