Dennis Ralph Cordes, of Houston, died on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield. Dennis was born on March 27, 1944, in Winona, to Willard and Myrtle (Doblar) Cordes. He grew up on the family farm on Vinegar Hill, where he attended country school through sixth grade. Dennis went on to graduate from Rushford High School in 1962. In school he excelled in football and academics, as well was being active in F.F.A., serving as president. Following high school he attended the University of Minnesota. In 1965, he was drafted into the Army and served in France and Germany during the Vietnam War.
After returning from the service, he spent several years managing the Redding Elevator and farmed beef and dairy cows with his brother, Claude, and then later with his brother-in-law, Clark. He enjoyed his many years on the Money Creek Haven wood route. His charismatic and competitive nature was fed with heated games of 500, Wist, and cribbage and cheering on the bowling team he sponsored, “Denny’s Dames.” Dennis enjoyed farm life, fishing, and hunting. Above all his true loves included his family, the Green Bay Packers, and God. Dennis was an active member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Rushford, having served in many offices over the years. In 2017, Dennis moved to Fieldcrest Care Center in Hayfield, Minn., where he continued to make new friends and participate in various activities like Bible study, trivia, bingo and cards.
Survivors include his sister, Mary Ellen Cords, of Rushford, Minn.; nieces and nephews, Jared (Erin) Cords, of Rushford, Minn., Jennifer (John) Hatlevig, of Prior Lake, Minn., Channon Cordes (Paul) Cole, of Rochester, Minn., Margaret (Troy) Roe, of Hayfield, Minn., Amanda (Josh) Bedard, of Houston, Minn., and Billy Ray Cordes of Austin, Minn.; 16 great-nieces and -nephews; and his special friend, Maureen Hughes. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Claude; and a brother-in-law, Clark Cords.
Funeral services for Dennis will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Rushford, with the Reverend Hal Hintzman officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church on Saturday. Burial will follow in Money Creek Cemetery. Please share a memory of Dennis at his online guestbook at www.hofffuneral.com. Hoff Funeral Service of Rushford is assisting the family with arrangements.