How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace. I love thee to the level of every day's most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for right. I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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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.