John N. Cordts III of High­lands Ranch, Colo.

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

John N. Cordts III, a res­i­dent of High­lands Ranch, Colorado, for­merly of Colorado Springs, Colorado, died peace­fully on Tues­day, Oct. 4, 2016, at Porter Hospice Fa­cil­i­ties in Cen­ten­nial, Colorado, sur­rounded by his lov­ing fam­ily.

Born on March 26, 1928, in Kingston, N.Y., he was the son of the late John N. Cordts Jr. and Katharine Dean Cordts.

He mar­ried Van­vi­mol Jalichan­dra Cordts on Oct. 21, 1970, in Galena, Alaska.

As a youth, he was ac­tive in Scout­ing and at­tained the Ea­gle Scout des­ig­na­tion. John at­tended Kingston High School and grad­u­ated from Ch­e­sire Academy. Dur­ing World War II, he en­listed in the U.S. Navy, serv­ing for two years be­fore be­ing hon­or­ably dis­charged. He was a grad­u­ate of Colorado Tech­ni­cal Univer­sity.

As a young man, he was em­ployed by Feeney Re­liance Ma­rine Com­pany and the Mo­ran Tow­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, where he be­came a li­censed en­gi­neer­ing of­fi­cer. Al­ways in­ter­ested in na­ture, travel and ad­ven­ture, he sought em­ploy­ment in re­mote parts of the world. While in Green­land, he was em­ployed by the Burns and Roe Com­pany, work­ing at 6594 Aero­space Test Wing on a YFP-power ship. He later worked as a civil­ian at Cam­pion Air Force Base in Alaska. Fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of a train­ing pro­gram in San Fran­cisco, he was sent by the Philco Cor­po­ra­tion to Thailand for two years, where he helped to in­stall and main­tain a mi­crowave sta­tion.

John re­turned to Alaska and resided in Galena while serv­ing at the Cam­pion Air Force Base as power plant su­per­vi­sor in charge of civil­ian and mil­i­tary per­son­nel. Be­fore re­tir­ing from that po­si­tion, he was awarded a com­men­da­tion for ex­cel­lence for op­er­at­ing the best of the 13 power plants in Alaska at that time. While in Galena, he founded Ram­buco LTD, a cor­po­ra­tion with in­ter­ests in con­struc­tion, heavy equip­ment, liquor re­tail, ma­rine sales and rentals. He owned a gold mine in Ruby, Alaska, and ob­tained a pri­vate pi­lot’s li­cense to bet­ter over­see his in­ter­ests and op­er­a­tions. In 1975, at the invitation of the Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sioner Michael Tan­ner, John served as an ad­vi­sor, help­ing mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties im­ple­ment new reg­u­la­tions fol­low­ing the pas­sage of the Alaska Na­ture Claims Act. Upon sale of his hold­ings in Alaska, he and his fam­ily re­lo­cated to Colorado Springs, where he and his wife Van­vi­mol owned a real es­tate com­pany be­fore re­tir­ing. John’s pri­mary in­ter­est was al­ways his fam­ily and he worked hard at stay­ing con­nected with old friends. He en­joyed read­ing, hunt­ing, fish­ing, and trav­el­ing through­out the world.

He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife, Van­vi­mol Cordts; de­voted son, Joseph Cordts and his wife Yulee Cordts of High­lands Ranch, Colo.; and two grand­chil­dren, Tay­lor Cordts and Charlee Cordts. Also sur­viv­ing are two sis­ters, Carol M. Heine of Kingston, N.Y., Matilda C. Daven­port and hus­band Wil­liam W. Daven­port of Stone Ridge, N.Y., and many nieces and neph­ews.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, he was pre­de­ceased by a sis­ter, Kather­ine Louise Cordts Acker; niece, Carol Acker, and nephew, Harold John Acker.

Fu­neral ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of the Colorado VFW. A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be held Satur­day, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church, High­lands Ranch, Colo. 80123, with the Rev. Gre­gory W. Bier­baum of­fi­ci­at­ing. Lo­cal ar­range­ments are un­der the guid­ance of Joseph V. Leahy Fu­neral Home Inc., 27 Smith Ave., Kingston. Inurn­ment will take place at St. Peter’s Ceme­tery, Kingston, N.Y. A memo­rial Mass will be sched­uled at St. Joseph’s Church, Kingston, N.Y., at a date to be an­nounced.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily sug­gests that memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions be sent to St. Mark Church, 9905 Foothills Canyon Boule­vard, High­lands Ranch, Colo. 80129, or any VFW or­ga­ni­za­tion avail­able on­line.

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