James "Dean" Cords Mason James "Dean" Cords, age 67 of Mason, formerly of Perry, passed away Monday evening at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. Funeral services will be held at Watkins Brothers Funeral Home in Perry on Friday January 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor John Walworth will officiate. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8 pm. James was born in St. Johns, MI on June 18, 1946, the son of Jesse and Opal (Nichols) Cords. He graduated from Perry High School and was a decorated Marine during the Viet Nam War. He worked for the Railroad for 25 years before retiring in 1994 as a signalman. On May 24, 2002, he married Angeline Lund and have been married for 11 years. He was a member of the Perry VFW Post where he was a past Commander and current Vice Commander. He enjoyed spending time with his family. James is survived by his wife, Angeline, children; Michael Cords, Shelly (Marcus) Miller, Angela (Anthony) Davis, Trisha (Shawn) McBride, Jamie Cords, Scott (Patti) Lund, Shannon Carter, 17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, brothers Tom (Patricia) Cords, Jack (Trudy) Cords, Ed (Cheryl) Cords, sisters Sharon (Clare) Keesler, Peggy (Clare) Crippen, Diane (Richard) VanDyke, Pamela (Mark) Woodbury, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Bruce. Memorials are suggested to the Perry VFW. Online condolences may be sent to www.watkinsfuneralhomes.com
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Published in Lansing State Journal on Jan. 8, 2014