Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to everyone Richard Randall (Randy) Cordis passed away November 18, 2008. Joyfully welcomed to this world January 14, 1951 in Missoula, Montana by Walter
(Doc) and Frances Cordis and his brother and sisters, he spent his youth ranching, hunting, and fishing in our beautiful mountains. He courageously served our country from 1971 to 1973, earning the National Service Defense Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and qualified as a Sharpshooter on three separate weapons platforms (no surprise to his hunting buddies!) He came home to resume helping Grandpa and Grandma with the ranch, squeezing in some hunting and fishing on the side as well as doing some outfitting. He started at Mission High School (go Bulldogs!) in maintenance and then moved to transportation where he kept the buses rolling for the Mission Schools and Johnson Transportation until his passing.
Pop was preceded in death by his parents, Doc in June of 1996 and Frances in March of 1987. A grandson, Austin Adams, also passed in August of 2004.
Survivors include a daughter, Laurel (Cordis) Adams, Ontario, Oregon, a son, Larry Cordis, Ronan, Montana, three sisters, Judy Hewitt, Polson, Montana, Ruth Caparoon, Amarillo, Texas, and Jeanne Freshour, John Day, Oregon. Brother Bob Cordis lives in Brewster, New York. Grandchildren include Randi Cavazos, Michael and Jake Adams, Weiser, Idaho, and Riley and Rachel Cordis, Ronan, Montana. Great-grandchildren include Anthony and Jalen Cavazos, Weiser, Idaho and Kenzo Kaneko Adams, Tokyo, Japan.
Those that knew him understood his dedication to his home, his country, and his family. An avid and talented sportsman, he was never so happy as when he was outdoors. We cannot express the depths of our loss or how much we will miss this generous, caring man.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donations be made to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation at www.pkdcure.org.