Obit -- Cordes

John Cordes

John Cordes, 50, passed away Monday afternoon, Sept. 4, 2017, at his home in Effingham.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham, with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Booster Club.
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John was born May 8, 1967, in Mattoon, to Donald and Mary (Edwards) Cordes. He married Kayla Koste on May 10, 1991, in Effingham. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing with his father, brother and children. He enjoyed watching his daughters play sports and spending time with his family and friends playing cards and sharing laughs. He was a proud father of his two girls and loved them and his wife deeply.
He was ever the handyman as he always made repairs or tinkered with gadgets at his mother-in-law’s home. He never missed a Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Steelers or Boston Celtics game. He loved coaching his daughter, Kourtney, when she played basketball at Sacred Heart School, and he was dubbed the “study buddy” for his children. He was employed at J&J Ventures for 19 years and saw his co-workers and bosses as a second family.
He is survived by his wife, Kayla, of Effingham; daughters, Kaitlin and Kourtney, of Effingham; parents, Donald and Mary, of Neoga; sister, Sandra (John) Scharf, of Wildwood, Missouri; brother, Brad Cordes, of Mattoon; brother-in-law, Tony Koste, of Irving, TX; sister-in-law, Coleen Linde, of Newburg, Oregon; nephews, Mark Cordes, of Shelbyville; Luke Cordes, of Shelbyville; Michael Scharf, of Wildwood, MO; Matthew Scharf, of Wildwood, MO; and Tyler Linde, of Newburg, Oregon; nieces, Halie Cordes, of Mattoon; Evie Cordes, of Mattoon; and Kelly Linde, of Olympia, Washington; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents, Mark “Mike” and Pauline Cordes; maternal grandparents, Avon and Amanda Edwards; and in-laws, Nick and Rosemary Koste.