Heinz Cordes Of Mount Vernon, passed away on July 16, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Veda, daughters Cathy Norton - husband Boyd; Patti Ward - husband Ernie; Vicki Myers; and Judy Mendoza - husband Kevin, all of Mount Vernon, WA, and son Chris Cordes - wife Marilyn of Orting, WA, 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Frieda Reed of Coeur d'Alene, ID, and sister-in-law Vera Taylor of Stites, ID. He was born on September 10, 1926 in Yuma, Coloradoand grew up in Elmira, ID. He married his loving wife, Veda Schell, on July 8, 1950. He worked as a logger and farmer in Elmira, ID and later moved to Mount Vernon in 1968, where he worked at Henry Dykstra's dairy farm in Bow. He lived in Orting, WA from 1976 - 1996, where he worked for St. Regis Paper Company as a gatekeeper with his wife. Heinz and Veda retired to Mount Vernon in 1996. Heinz was a kind and loving man who loved his family. He had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh and smile. At the time he went home to be with Jesus he was surrounded by his family and passed peacefully in his sleep. A private family memorial will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions are suggested to Where the Heart Is in Burlington, WA or to Alzheimer's Disease Research.
News Tribune, The (Tacoma, WA) 
Date: July 26, 2012