Gordon Kevin Crisp of Milwaukee was born to eternal life unexpectedly on Sunday, November 20, 2022, at the age of 66. On this day, “Jesus replied, ‘I assure you that today you will be with me in paradise.’” Luke 23:43. Proud and loving father of Angela Ruth. Beloved brother of Suzanne, Gary, Sandra, and Dawn (Michael) and dear uncle of Jody, Shannon (Victor), Cassie, Kayleigh (Cory) and Kyle. He is further survived by his great nephews, Stephen, Trenton, Damin, Gage, Axle, Xavier, Aliejah, and Isaiah, along with his great nieces, Secelia, Emily, Jade, Isabella, Lyra, and Aurora, as well as numerous extended family, friends, and his brothers and sisters in Christ. Rejoining with his loved ones, he was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon and Eileen, his son Kevin, his sister, Colleen, and his brothers, Bruce, Robin, and Kim.
Funeral Services will be held at Peace of Mind Funeral Home; 5325 W Greenfield Ave, West Milwaukee, WI 53214 on Monday, December 19, 2022. Visitation from 2-3 p.m. followed by a service from 3-4 p.m. Private interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Park; Greenfield, WI will be held at a later date.
Gordon (“Jr.”) was born in Wild Rose, WI to Gordon and Eileen Crisp on August 31, 1956, and was the seventh of nine children. Gordon grew up in the Milwaukee area and graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in 1974.
Baptized in August 1960, Gordon remained a devout Christian throughout his life. In June 1980, Gordon took a 15-day journey many could only dream of. Through the Kelso First Assembly of God, Gordon made a Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land. By virtue of fulfilling the Biblical injunction had ascended to Jerusalem, the Holy City, Capital of Israel, and was authorized to bear the title of Jerusalem Pilgrim.
Gordon always had a passion for cooking. In 1983, Gordon attended Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and received his Associate Degree in the Culinary Arts. Throughout the 1980s and early ‘90s, Gordon went on to work as chef/cook for many of Milwaukee’s memorable and iconic restaurants like Meurer Brothers Bakeries, Marc’s Big Boy, Pancake House of Milwaukee, IHOP, Denny’s, Chancery Restaurants, Manning’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge, and Heinemann's Restaurants; among other popular Milwaukee-area restaurants.
As a parishioner at many local-area churches throughout his life, including Mercy Christian Fellowship and Familytime Ministries, Gordon had most recently been attending Mercy Hill Church in Milwaukee.
Gordon always thought of others and would regularly give gifts to friends and family. He found ways to show his love and care in any way he could, no matter how small. He enjoyed listening to sermons, Christian music, and his expansive LP record collection.
Gordon was a modest man, generous of heart and constant of faith. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He will always be in our thoughts and remain forever in our hearts. Gordon’s life will live on as a beautiful memory, his absence a silent grief.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30