Jim was born on February 20, 1950 in St. Paul, MN to the late Marvin F. and Adeline (Dunn) Cordes and brother, Marvin ‘Butch’ Cordes. Jim was raised in Farmington, MN and has been a lifelong resident. On June 4, 2010 in Lakeville, MN, he married the Diane Slater.
Jim is survived by, his wife, Diane Slater-Cordes and her children, Angie and Scott; mother and father in law, Jim and Pat Dean; and his four legged friends, Maggie and Lucy (the pooches); one sister, Dorothea (William) Pryor of Northfield, MN; brother, John “Jack” (Teri) Cordes of Farmington, MN; and sister-in-law, Sherred Cordes of Farmington and long time friends, Stan Fredrickson, John ‘Gus’ Barger and Steve Bauer.
Jim was employed in management for Apple Valley Ready Mix in Apple Valley, MN. He was a 1968 graduate of Farmington High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Notre Dame Hockey team for four years.
A memorial service will be held at 6 PM on Friday, May 25, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 202nd St. (Hwy. 50, across from Aronson Park) Lakeville with a gathering of family and friends from 3-6 PM at church. A fellowship gathering will take place after the service at the Lakeville VFW club. Contributions in memory of James M. Cordes may be offered to any pet refuge, humane society, or food pantry. In memory of Jim, we are asked to wear Notre Dame apparel at the service. On line condolences at White Funeral Homes.