Charlie Kordick

Charles Bernard Kordick passed into his eternal home on Aug. 12, 2019, after complications from pulmonary fibrosis at the age of 88. 

A visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with a Rosary at 4 p.m. Family will be present to receive friends following the Rosary, until 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, with grandson Fr. Adam Westphal officiating. There will be a luncheon at the church following burial and military honors at the Winterset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, a charity of your choice, or to the family for later designation.

Charlie was born March 26, 1931, to Leo and Anna (Schreiner) Kordick in Scott Township, Madison County. He was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winterset. 

In 1941, the family moved to a farm south of Woodward, Iowa. He graduated from Granger Assumption Catholic School in Granger, Iowa, where he was active in the music programs and sang in the boys’ quartet.

He worked on the family farm, and he with his brother Joe raised purebred Hampshire hogs. They were very active in 4-H and showed their hogs at the State Fair. He played on the 4-H baseball team. The Kordick family was featured in the March 1944 Sunday Register full-page article “4-H Clubs Meet War’s Challenge.”

In 1951, he received his orders for the U.S. Army and served two years during the Korean War. He was trained in fixed station repair at Fort Monmouth, NJ.

He and Berta Evans of Woodward were married Oct. 25, 1952, in Granger Assumption Catholic Church during one of his furloughs. After he was honorably discharged, they farmed near Woodward and then bought their farm near Winterset in 1955 and raised seven children. Besides farming, Charlie always worked another job to support his family so that Berta could be home with the children. He drove a school bus for Winterset Schools and had a TV repair shop, and later retired from Norstan Communications. He also coached Little League and was Scoutmaster for Troop 121. The family belonged to St. Joseph Catholic Church, where Charlie was active in most aspects of the church. He loved making greeting cards, and those who received one considered themselves very lucky. He loved being with the family and made sure all nine of them could take a vacation each year after their summer activities were finished (usually using a tent large enough for all nine of them).

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Anna Kordick; an infant son, Charles Michael; four brothers, Lawrence, John, Joe and Leo; two sisters, Evonne Brimmer and Sr. Dorothy Kordick. 

He is survived by his wife, Berta, of 66 years; his seven children, Bob (Sandy), Jim (Julie), Teresa, Dave (Jackie), Ron (Deb), Mary, and Mike (Karen); 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Theresa O’Roake and Sr. Rose Kordick.

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