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Gordon Ralph Condit, 91

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Gordon Ralph Condit, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, after a well-lived life.

He was born in Spring Valley, Wis., on Feb. 22, 1918, the only child of Litta Fern Springer Condit and Ralph George Condit. He was married to Maxine Retrum on August 3, 1946, in River Falls, Wis. They lived in Crossett, Ark., and DeRidder, La., before moving to Lake Charles, La., in 2000.

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Gordon went to school in Spring Valley until moving to River Falls, where he graduated from high school in 1936. He was active in sports such as football and loved canoeing on the rivers in Wisconsin. He grew up with 13 first cousins from his mother's side of the family. He attended college in River Falls and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in forestry in 1940 and from Yale University with a master of forestry degree in 1941.

Gordon was in the U.S. Army for four years during World War II, entering as an enlisted man in the Quartermaster Corps and finishing as a captain in the Corps of Engineers. He had two overseas tours of duty, one in the South Pacific and another in the Philippine Islands.

Gordon worked with the Lake States Forest Experiment Station of the U.S. Forestry Service in Rhinelander, Wis. In 1947, he came to Arkansas as a district forester with The Crossett Company, and later served as assistant manager of the forestry division of The Crossett Company and its successor, the Crossett Division of Georgia-Pacific Corporation. In 1966, he moved to DeRidder to serve as the chief forester for the southern wood products division of Boise Cascade Corporation. He served as woodlands manager and was later made vice president of forest resources for Boise Southern Company, a joint enterprise of Boise Cascade and Southern Natural Gas Company. After retiring, he worked for many years as a consulting forester.

Gordon was a former president of the Louisiana Forestry Association and served on the board of directors for the LFA and the Louisiana Forestry Foundation. He was also a member of the Society of American Foresters and the American Pulpwood Association. He was active in community affairs as a leader in the Episcopal church and the Rotary Club.

Gordon and Maxine were devoted to their family and enjoyed entertaining family and friends. Gordon loved walking in the woods and hiking in the mountains. He enjoyed traveling to New Mexico, where he climbed the highest mountains during his 70s, and to Wisconsin for family reunions. He also loved foreign travel and had been to all the continents. In recent years, he had a happy life at Kingsley Place in Lake Charles, where he enjoyed befriending other residents and dancing.

Gordon was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years, Maxine.

He is survived by his son, John Michael Condit, and his wife, Linda Faulkner Condit, their son, David Devin Condit, his wife, Eileen May Condit, and their sons, Tyler Henderson Condit and Carter Winston Condit, all of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Mary Kathryn Condit Scoggins, and her husband, Gene Douglas Scoggins, of Lake Charles, La., and her son, Brian Patrick Trouard of Houston, Texas; and a daughter, Carol Ann Condit Hughes, and her husband, Daniel Kenneth Hughes of Espanola, N.M., and their daughter, Stephanie Ann Hughes of Oklahoma City, Okla. He was thrilled to have two great-grandsons to carry on the Condit name.

A memorial service celebrating Gordon's life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 123 West Sale Rd., Lake Charles, under the direction of Johnson Funeral Home. Father Peter Cook will officiate. A gathering of family and friends for a time of remembrance will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday in the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gordon R. Condit Scholarship Fund and payable to the Louisiana Forestry Foundation, P.O. Drawer 5067, Alexandria, LA 71307-5067.

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