Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.

Edmond & Jules deGoncourt

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Our Heritage


From humble beginnings in 1918, Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home has grown with the community for almost 100 years.

Our history began over 85 years ago when U.R. Gordon purchased his first funeral home from R.V. Davy in Mineral City, Ohio. Family involvement was present from the start as Mr. Gordon’s wife, E. Marie, worked alongside her husband as a licensed funeral director.

In 1937, the Gordons and their son, R. Eugene, started a second funeral home in East Sparta. Eugene’s brother, Samuel, was also involved in the family firm as a licensed embalmer.

The family tradition continued when, in 1969, Eugene’s son, E. Spencer, moved to Canton and purchased the location that is the current Formet-Clevenger & Gordon Funeral Home. The addition of the Finefrock-Gordon Funeral Home in Magnolia occurred in 1985.

In 1996, Craig E. Gordon, Spencer’s son, became the fourth generation family member to join the business and, two years later, the original funeral home and the East Sparta location became one with the Magnolia location.

Through the years of service to our neighbors and friends, our funeral home has always remained family-owned and operated, community-focused and committed to providing the most exceptional and compassionate service there is.

E. Spencer Gordon, 3rd Generation
and Craig E. Gordon, 4th Generation.