Dr. Earl Richard “Bud” Cordry, age 93 of Vandalia, passed away at 4:17 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at the Boone Hospital Center in Columbia.
Visitation was held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 5 -7 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia.
A Service was held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington, Iowa.
Officiating was the Rev. Joel Montgomery.
Interment took place in Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington, Iowa.
Dr. Earl Richard “Bud” Cordry was born on September 12, 1921 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Earl E. and Dorothy (Becker) Cordry.
He married Marcia Jeanne Masson on June 19, 1954 in Washington, Iowa; she preceded him in death on February 4, 2005.
He was born in St. Louis but grew up and attended schools in Hannibal. After graduating high school in 1939, he was drafted to serve in World War II in the Pacific Theatre in the Aleutian Islands. Upon his discharge, he attended the University of Missouri on the GI Bill. He earned his Bachelor’s in Education and briefly taught high school science in Troy, Missouri. Earl then went back to college and earned his optometry degree in 1953 from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago. He met his wife, Marcia while in Optometry School. After their marriage, they moved to Vandalia where they owned and operated an optometry practice for nearly 45 years before retiring in 1998. Bud enjoyed being active in the community where he was a longtime and faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church. In the church, he was active in the choir and had served as a deacon and an elder. Bud also had lengthy memberships in the Vandalia Rotary Club, a charter member of the Vandalia Flying Club and life member of Vandalia VFW Post No. 2173.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel and wife Huong Cordry, of St. Louis, and David and wife Lynda Cordry, of Columbia; one brother Jim and wife Margaret Cordry, of Hannibal; two grandsons, Bryce Cordry, of Columbia and Jonathon Phan, of Los Angeles.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Marcia; one sister, Jessie Lou Cordry; three brothers, Burton, Kenneth, and Lee Cordry.
Memorials are encouraged to the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia or the YMCA of the Rockies of Estes Park, Colorado.