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Walter Cordes

November 13, 1926 — June 11, 2019

Walter C. Cordes, 92, of Henry, formerly Lacon, died on June 11, 2019 at Heartland Healthcare in Henry. Born on November 13, 1926 in Washburn to the late Clare and Nellie Crank Cordes, he married Louise Smith on October 15, 1952 in McNabb.
Wally farmed since the age of 17 and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a grain farmer until he lost his eye sight in 1972. He continued to stay on the farm with his cattle until 2008 and then moved to town.
He was a member of the Lacon American Legion Post 593, Marshall Putnam Farm Bureau, St. John's Lutheran Church, and a volunteer at prison ministry. Wally was a loving, caring husband & father. He loved to have his family around to talk to.
Wally is survived by: his wife Louise; children Pam (Chris) Clare of Chillicothe, Grant (Pam) Cordes of Lacon, Cyndi Dunn of Lacon, Julie (Jim) Crouch of Beloit WI, Sarah (James) Emmons of Lacon; 17 grandchildren; 42 great grandchildren; and four great great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death my two brothers Mearl & Bill Cordes, sister Sandy Daniels, son in laws Tim Saxton & Frank Dunn, grandson Charlie Pannell, and great granddaughters Natasha Gallant & Lily Cordes.
Funeral service for Wally will be held on June 15 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lacon at 10 AM with Pastor Dick Hanson officiating. Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM on Friday also at his church. Burial will be in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Henry or Lacon Food Pantries, A Talking Book & Braille Service, or his church and online condolences can be made at


JUN 14. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CDT)

St Johns Lutheran Church
106 N. Ida Street
Lacon, IL

Funeral Service

JUN 15. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CDT)

St Johns Lutheran Church
106 N. Ida Street
Lacon, IL

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