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John Cordes, 50, passed away Monday afternoon, September 4, 2017 at his home in Effingham.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Effingham with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Bauer Funeral Home in Effingham. Memorial donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Booster Club. www.bauerfh.com
John was born May 8, 1967, in Mattoon, IL, 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-laws 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, MO; brother, Brad Cordes of Mattoon; brother-in-law, Tony Koste of Irving, TX; sister-in-law, Coleen Linde of Newburg, OR; nephews, Mark Cordes of Shelbyville, Luke Cordes of Shelbyville, Michael Scharf of Wildwood, MO, Matthew Scharf of Wildwood, MO, and Tyler Linde of Newburg, OR; nieces, Halie Cordes of Mattoon, Evie Cordes of Mattoon and Kelly Linde of Olympia, WA; 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.
Published on September 6, 2017
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