Obituaries

Jay Cordray

April 26, 1934 - July 23, 2017

Jay Cordray

Obituary

Garden Prairie, IL

Jay Cordray, 83 of Garden Prairie, IL passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center.  Jay was born April 26, 1934 in Garden Prairie the son of Harold and Martha (Johaninngsmeier) Cordray.  He attended Lawrenceville Grade School and graduated from Belvidere High School.  Jay married Mary Starr on December 23, 1955 in Belvidere.  He retired from the Belvidere Fire Department as fire chief in 1989, having joined the department in 1965.  Jay also built homes and was a lifelong farmer. He loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jay is loved and will be missed by his wife, Mary; children, Debbie Smith of Garden Prairie, David (Dana) Cordray of Garden Prairie, John (Donna) Cordray of Belvidere; grandchildren, Heather (Mark Haley) Cordray, Holly (Chad Revolinski) Cordray, Derek Cordray, Brandy (Jason) Catalani, Andrew (Stephanie) Cordray, Megan (Adam Fowler) Smith, Morgan Smith; nine great-grandchildren.  Jay is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Betty Raddatz and Joyce Cordray; sons, Harold Cordray and Michael Cordray; son in-law Jeff Smith.  The family acknowledges the excellent care given by Dr. Thomas Michalsen, and all the doctors, nurses and staff of OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, to Jay and his family.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Monty Fox, pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating. Memorial gathering will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given in care of Jay’s family for a memorial to be established at a later date.  To light a candle or to share a memory, please visit AndersonFCS.com

Service Schedule

Friday, July 28, 2017
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

Memorial gathering will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Saturday, July 29, 2017
10:30 am

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Avenue, Belvidere, IL with Rev. Monty Fox, pastor of First United Methodist Church officiating.

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I stayed in your apartment in 2006 and 2007. Jay was a gracious gentlemen and I just learned of his passing. I enjoyed living there and am fortunate to have know Jay.

My sincere condolences, James Busbin

James Busbin 2020-09-02T19:13:00

Mary and family, I’m so very sorry and I’m keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Much love Shari Kasper

Shari Kasper 2017-08-01T18:54:38

Mary and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. As days go by, may your sorrows turn into happy memories.

Candy and Ted Koelling - Green Bay, WI 2017-07-29T01:06:03

Mary and family,

We were so very sorry to hear the news of Jay’s passing. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Malva Craft
Curtis Fox

Malva Craft 2017-07-28T15:04:59

May the comfort and support of those who love you, along with the memories… give you strength at this difficult time. With Sincere Sympathy,

Ron and Linda Leviskas 2017-07-27T15:33:16

Dear Mary and family, praying for God’s blessing to you during this difficult time. God bless you all.

Eileen Johnson 2017-07-25T14:16:57

Dear Mary and Kids,
I have known your family for years and are neighbors of Dave and Dan for 20 years in Garden Prairie. I have found memories of my mom and dad going to your house and you adults bowling and playing cards. I’m sorry to hear the sad news of losing Jay . Something to remember ,He is not gone he is just away . Again Mike and I are so sad to hear the sad news . You need anything I’m just up the driveway from Dave and Dan .
Lkri and Pete Keegan

lori keegan 2017-07-25T05:21:14

Sending our condolences to all of you. 🙏 Prayers Laurie & Misty Osterberg

Misty Osterberg 2017-07-25T03:19:18

So sorry to hear of Mr.Cordrays passing.us kids had alot of fun when we were teenagers.John and Donna iam sorry for your loss.Sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Craig woosley

Craig Woosley 2017-07-25T02:45:05

What great memories I had as a child going to see all of you it’s been along time ago but your all in my prayers and may God give you comfort and peace during this time of sorrow

Rose Johanningsmeier Russell 2017-07-24T22:00:19

We are so very sorry for the loss of a well loved man, who loved his family.May god bring your family peace&comfort

Tammy manees 2017-07-24T19:41:01

Our sympathy to Mary and the whole family.

Anita Feltes 2017-07-24T18:56:13

So sorry for your loss Andrew and Stephanie prayers for you and your family…..Love you!!! Terri and Scotty Brown

Theresa Brown 2017-07-24T18:02:40

Uncle Jay may you Rest In Peace. I will remember the family Christmas gatherings we had oh so long ago. May your memory live on in all of us who had the opportunity of knowing you and listening to your stories. Prayers to all the family.

Chad Fruit 2017-07-24T17:50:38

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