Harold B. Cordes, 94, of rural Sweet Springs, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at St. Luke's East in Lee's Summit.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, at First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs. Dr. Reuel M. Gregory and Rev. David Goode will officiate. Burial with full military rites will be held in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church and suggests memorials be made to the church. An online guestbook is available at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born March 28, 1917, in Walnut, Kan., he was the son of the late Henry Rudolph Cordes and Pauline Bertha Elise Meyer Cordes. On April 30, 1943, he married Phyllis Ferree Briggs who preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 2010. He had lived in the rural Sweet Springs area since 1977, moving there from Kansas City where he was an automobile painter at Charlie Fisher Buick for 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, receiving many decorations including a purple heart for being wounded in France, which led to his honorable discharge. Harold was a member of First Baptist Church in Sweet Springs where he served as a deacon. He had taught Sunday School in Kansas City and Sweet Springs, totaling over 50 years.
Survivors include one son, Timothy Kevin Cordes of Lee's Summit; two daughters, Sharon Kay Duffey of Foristell, and Carol Ann Gregory of Kansas City; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Lloyd Cordes of Sweet Springs; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one son, William Harold Cordes; and two brothers, Harvey and Clarence Cordes.