Clarence A. Cordes, 84, of Marshall, died Monday, March 20, 2006, at University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at First Baptist Church in Marshall. Rev. Paul Callahan and Rev. James West will officiate. Pianist will be Edith Pautz. Chris Weber will play guitar and sing "How Great Thou Art" and "It Is Well." Pallbearers will be Brian Cordes, Michael Cordes, Timothy Cordes, Roy Eckhoff, David Fuller and Kenneth Retherford. Honorary pallbearers will be Mitchell Caddell, Dale Conaway, Carl Eckhoff, Daniel Eckhoff, Gary Eckhoff, James Eckhoff, Dennis Fangmann, Glen Fangmann and Kenneth Samson. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Sweeney-Reser-Wills Funeral Home in Marshall. Burial with military graveside services will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Marshall. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of Marshall Building Fund or the American Cancer Society in care of Sweeney-Reser-Wills Funeral Home.
Born Dec. 29, 1921, in Emma, he was the son of the late Henry and Pauline Meyer Cordes. On March 26, 1949, at Higginsville, he married Clara Eckhoff, who survives of the home. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II, being part of the Normandy invasion. He was a resident of Saline County all his life and had been a resident of Marshall since 1973. He worked at the Sweet Springs Herald newspaper for 22 years and the Marshall Democrat-News. He later retired from ConAgra. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Additional survivors include one son, Robert E. Cordes of Boonville; one daughter, Paula Jean Cordes of the home; two brothers, Harold Cordes and Lloyd Cordes, both of Sweet Springs; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harvey Cordes; and one great-granddaughter.