Obituaries

James F. "Jim" Cordray

January 26, 1933 - November 19, 2021

James  F.

Obituary

James “Jim” F. Cordray, 88, of Poplar Grove, IL died suddenly Friday morning, November 19, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Jim was born January 26, 1933 in Belvidere, IL the son of Francis D. and Mabel R. (Johanningsmeier) Cordray. Jim entered the United States Army in 1947, during his service Jim spent time in Alabama and in North Carolina. Upon returning home, Jim married the love of his life, Therese M. Gillett, on September 15, 1956 in Rockford, IL. Jim and his brother worked alongside their dad at the Belvidere Sawmill.  After the business had a fire, they continued on as Cordray Brothers, which specializes in excavating. It was at Cordray Brothers that Jim was blessed to work alongside his sons, Pat and Fran. Jim was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He was a lifetime Member of Delavan Sportsmanship Club, American Legion, Moose Club, Bel Stone and the Boone County Sheriff’s Patrol. Jim was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed shooting clay pigeons, and loved spending time working on his sawmill. Most importantly, Jim loved his family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. Jim adored all of the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all. 

Jim is loved and missed by his children, Patrick (Sandra) Cordray of Garden Prairie, Rose Ann White of Caledonia, Mary Therese (Bret) Fidder of Poplar Grove, Francis (Karrie) Cordray of Poplar Grove; grandchildren, Christina (Patrick) Gunn, Brian (Kristie) Fidder, Renee Cordray, Michael (Lindsay) Fidder, Mitchell Cordray, Rebecca (Jeremy) Perry; great grandchildren, Chase Fidder, Emslee Arwood, Anthony Karels, Lincoln, Elliott and Merrick Gunn as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Therese; parents, Francis and Mabel; son-in-law, Royal White; siblings, Ada Mae, Francis “Buck”, Fern and Irene.  

Jim’s visitation will take place 12:00 p.m. till 1:15 p.m., Monday, November 22, 2021 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008. The funeral service for Jim will take place at 1:30 following the visitation. Burial in Highland Garden of Memories. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family to be established later. To light a candle or share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

Service Schedule

Monday, November 22, 2021

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

Jim’s visitation will take place 12:00 p.m. till 1:15 p.m., Monday, November 22, 2021 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL 61008.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

The funeral service for Jim will take place at 1:30 following the visitation.

Highland Garden of Memories

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So sorry to hear my heart goes out to Pat and sandra thinking of ya all.

marcus anderson 2021-11-26T17:41:22

Thoughts and prayers to the family. He was a great guy.

Dale and Marilyn Rhode 2021-11-22T12:57:29

Our thoughts and prayers for your entire family, deeply sorry for your loss, many years together with business, The Spears family

Spears 2021-11-21T17:13:41

We are so deeply sorry for the loss of Dear sweet Mr. Cordray. I know Clay has enjoyed caring for him immensely over the years and will miss his visits. I absolutely adored Mr. Cordray and always was so very happy to see him. Our last meeting was this past August at the auction in Belvidere. He pulled up in his truck with a big smile and we chatted about all sorts of things. I will miss his humor and gentle ways. May he rest in peace now. So sorry for all of you.

Dawn and Dr. Clayton Malaker 2021-11-21T12:58:22

Pat, Sandy and Rose sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Remember the good times with him and think of being reunited one day in Heaven.

jerry Hyland 2021-11-21T10:53:11

The loss of a great patriarch who raised an outstanding family! He was one of that breed of men that will sorely be missed!

Elliot Harris 2021-11-21T09:41:53

So sorry for your loss of Jim he was one in A million

Bill toft 2021-11-21T08:31:54

To Jimmy Cordroy’s Family.We are sorry to hear about your lost !

Bell Stone
President Vincent Decker

Vincent Decker 2021-11-20T13:53:52

We are so sorry for your loss. Jim and my dad were friends for a long time and my husband worked for Cordray Brothers too. He was a kind man and will be missed. Prayers for all of his family and friends. John and Anita Feltes

Anita Feltes 2021-11-20T13:35:15

I’m so sorry for your family.

Bill Konsdorf 2021-11-20T12:43:08

I know my husband used to deal with Jim and Pat quite a bit before he too passed. He respected him highly. He will be missed.

Karen E Scherer-Noftz 2021-11-20T12:22:11

So sorry to hear about Jim he was a lot of fun and one of the good ones he will be missed by many. Lots of good memories to hold on to. May the good Lord be with all of you during this difficult time. May you find some comfort in the fact he got to live life his way thanks to all of his family

The Daniels and Vance families 2021-11-20T12:08:25

Jim was truly a great man. He will be missed by everyone. Love & Light be with you all during this time. ❤️❤️

Erica 2021-11-20T11:54:40

So sorry for your loss Pat and Sandy, sending hugs to you❤❤

Greg and Sherril Anderson 2021-11-20T11:34:58

Pat so sorry to hear of your dad passing.our thoughts are with you and your family.

Scott Sexton 2021-11-20T11:23:52

Was proud to have Jim as a pal. Now Denver, Buck, Jay, and Jim all back hunting togeather again. They all made the world a better place and have left behind a family to be proud of. I’m glad to have had them in my life.

Percy Gordon 2021-11-20T10:15:58

So sorry for your loss. Jim was a good man. My prayers and thoughts are with his family. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Carol Brening 2021-11-20T10:12:13

So sorry for the loss of Jim. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. RIP

Al Tilford and family 2021-11-20T09:22:32

Sorry for your loss , prayers to the family

TIMOTHY SHEEAN 2021-11-20T09:06:25

So sorry to hear about Jim. He will be missed.

Becky & Don Bottcher 2021-11-20T08:43:07

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