NEW ULM — Clifford Cordes, 94, of New Ulm died Saturday, June 9, 2018 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m Friday, June 15, 2018 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Nathan Scharf officiating. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted at the cemetery by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard. Visitation will be 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Friday. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
Clifford is survived by his daughters, Rebecca Cordes (Eddie Timmerman) of New Ulm, Shirley (John) Weiers of Redwood Falls, Char (Todd) Nelson of Lafayette, Marjorie (Gene) Lietzau of Aurora, CO, JoAnn Cordes of Minneapolis, Robin Schaefer of New Ulm; son, Tim Cordes of New Ulm; eighteen grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; nieces; and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lorraine; granddaughter, Violet; sisters, Hilda, Erma, Freida, Gladys, Alvina, and Ruth; brothers, Erwin, Albert, Adolph, Louis, George, Henry, Walter, Herbert, and Eldor.
Clifford Richard Cordes was born on April 1, 1924 in New Ulm to Herman and Alvina (Kaping) Cordes. He was an apprentice plasterer for Cordes Brothers. Clifford was inducted into the Army at the age of eighteen on May 6, 1943, served during WWII in New Guinea, and was honorably discharged on January 19, 1945.
On February 24, 1946 he was united in marriage to Lorraine Lange at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Clifford continued being a plasterer for Henle Brothers in Mankato until the 1970’s. He then worked at Kraft Foods in New Ulm until retiring in 1987 but continued to plaster and stucco until the age of 90. Clifford had a strong German work ethic and took pride in his work and helping others. He enjoyed mushroom hunting and playing cards. Clifford was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm, American Legion Post #132, and VFW Post #1648, and DAV Chapter 15 in New Ulm.