Ben Lee Cordes

ben cordes
Ben Lee Cordes, age 77 of Alta Vista, IA passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017 unexpectedly at his home. Funeral Services for Ben will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 15, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alta Vista, IA with Pastor Vincent Fricke officiating. Military rites will be provided by the Charles City VFW Post and the Alta Vista VFW Post. Burial will be held at a later date in Wayside Cemetery at Chapin, Iowa. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in Elma, Iowa and will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral services on Monday. Online condolences for Ben's family may be left at Memorials are preferred to the Ronald McDonald House or to the veteran's program of donor's choice. Ben Lee Cordes was born on November 7, 1939 to Ben F. and Susie (Brocka) Cordes in Charles City, Iowa. He graduated from Colwell High School in 1957. Ben was united in marriage to Nancy Freeby and they were later divorced. Ben was then united in marriage to Beverly Kerdus. Ben enlisted in the United States Navy and served for three years before enlisting in the Unites States Air Force where he served his country for 20 years. After his retirement from the military, Ben was employed at the Charles City Airport as an airplane mechanic and inspector. He retired and continued to help out when needed. Received the 50 Year Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. He enjoyed spending time in his shop and rebuilding his airplane. Ben had fun playing with his dog, Sofie. He cherished his time with family and friends and always enjoyed telling and hearing a good joke. Ben was a member of the Charles City VFW, serving on the honor guard. Ben is survived by his loving wife, Bev Cordes of Alta Vista, IA; his children, Debbie Linck of Summerville, SC, Hans (Christy) Cordes of New Hampton, IA, Lori (Steve) Wagner of Albert Lea, MN, Julie (Dave) Jensen of Wells, MN and Monica (Zach) Lewis of St. Louis, MO; his grandchildren, Roxane (Otto) Kaske, James Cordes, Raichel (Andrey) Andreyev, Chris (Sunja) Wagner, Jeri (Desirae) Wagner and Angie (Andy) Larson; seven great grandchildren; his siblings, Annabelle Doleman of Allison, IA; Chris (Shirley) Cordes of Lakeview, AK, Ida Mae (Ralph) Arenholz of Dumont, IA, Darlys (Bob) Roethler of Waverly, Marlys Kutzbach and Betty Wendel, both of Elma, IA as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his great grandson, Otto Kaske IV; his sister, Bea Lehman; three brothers, Robert, William and Kenneth and three brothers-in-law.

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  1. Ben Cordes will live on at the Northeast Iowa Regional Airport and with all the people there that he worked with, as well as all the Charles City Aeronautics family working in Mason City and Ames. He was a mentor and friend, a source of laughter and pride. His guidance and his quick wit made everybody happier whenever he was around. There will never be another Ben, and I am grateful that God put him in this place and kept him here for so long. I am a better man because I called Ben Cordes “friend”. Rest well, Sir, you earned it!

  2. Bev & family . . . words cannot express how deeply saddened I am by Ben’s passing. He was a huge part of my childhood, and one of my most favorite people. The airport will not be the same without him . . . you are all in my thoughts & prayers.

  3. Hans – So many good memories of our years on the farm! Seeing your Dad or you coming always brought a smile to my face, as I always knew something funny would be said!! Ben was a great neighbor and friend to Mom and Dad. I am so sorry for your loss and please accept my deepest sympathy.

  4. May your loved ones memories fill your thoughts today. All my prayers. David and Jeanne Roder

  5. Ben and I attended school in Colwell mid 40’s. Last few years we shared Honor Guard duties. A great patriot and friend. So sorry.
    Garry Tibbetts

  6. Ben, just heard of your passing into the great beyond, So glad to have had you in my life. Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed. My sympathy to your family. Barbara( Chestek) Meints ♥♥

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