Thomas Everett Codr
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April 22, 1920 - May 17, 2013
"I'm ready to go home to Jesus and my wife."
Our loving father and patriarch of his large, extended family, Thomas Everett Codr went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday morning, May 17, 2013, at his home in Nampa. The Lord called him home while he slept peacefully.
Tom was born the third son of Joseph and Mary T. Codr on April 22, 1920, in Sargent, Nebraska, where he grew up with his family of three brothers, three aunts and two uncles, (his mother's siblings). When Tom was a senior in high school he moved with his family to Melba, Idaho, to help with the family farm. While living in Wilson community, he met his neighbor Ellen Nugent who became the love of his life.
They were married January 8, 1940, in Nampa, Idaho. The following day they rode the bus to Santa Monica where Tom worked for Douglas Aircraft Company. This is where their first two children were born, Duane and Delores.
Tom was World War II veteran and served in the Philippines. He was stationed on the front lines when the army discovered that he knew how to type. From then on he ran the teletype for his unit, and even then the Lord protected him from the brutality of war. During this time he received a teletype message from Ellen stating that Judy, his third child, had been born. This released him from the army. He returned back home to Nampa and the joy of his family.
After his military service Tom and Ellen farmed in Parma where Phyllis, Larry and Ronna were born. In 1965 Tom and Ellen moved to Nampa and bought a farm south of Lake Lowell. They also lived and farmed in Orovada, Nevada, for a number of years before returning to Nampa to retire.
One of the central events in Tom's and Ellen's lives was when they accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior at the Roswell Baptist Church. From this moment on they were faithful in serving the Lord at their local churches and nurturing their family in the ways of the Lord. Tom taught Bible classes and served on the deacon boards at Berean Baptist and New Hope Baptist Church, as well as serving on the board at Nampa Christian Schools; he also served at Camp Maranatha
Ellen and Tom traveled extensively throughout the United States in their 5th wheel trailer with friends and family, visiting many states, including Alaska; they also made several trips to Hawaii, enjoying some of the best times of their life together with dear friends and family. Tom was a real competitor in cards, golf, fishing, and he brightened everyone's day with his great sense of humor.
He was proceeded in death by his loving wife Ellen Codr of almost 73 years on December 8, 2012; eldest son Duane Codr; grandsons Marty Codr and Craig Codr; his mother and father, Mary and Joseph Codr; his brothers, Joseph Codr , Albert Codr and Emil Codr.
Tom is survived by his children Dee (Floyd) Lydum of Nampa, ID; Judy (Mike) McCarthy of Reno, NV; Phyllis (Dave) Beck of Caldwell, ID; Larry (Lynette) Codr of Meridian, ID; and Ronna (Nate) Estes of Reno, NV; seventeen grandchildren, 24 great grand children, and 2 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The Christian legacy of Tom Codr reflects his love and dedication to our Lord and Savior and lives on in the lives of his family today. He loved each member of his entire family in a unique and unconditional way, and throughout his life he encouraged us to walk with the Lord.
The family wishes to express our sincere appreciation to the staff at Grace Assisted Living in Nampa where Ellen and Tom lived for the past 23 months. We also are grateful to Bonney Codr, his loving grandaughter who gave her love and support unselfishly to her Grandpa during his last days.
A service celebrating Tom's life will be held Thursday, May 23, at 1:00 p.m. in Nampa at New Hope Baptist, 1829 W. Iowa Ave. A viewing and a time to greet Tom's family will precede the service, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in the Parma Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. An online guestbook may be signed at www.nampafuneralhome.com
Memorial contributions may be made in Tom's name to New Hope Baptist Church 1829 W. Iowa, Nampa, ID 83686.
Nampa Funeral Home Yraguen Chapel
415 12th Avenue South
Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 21, 2013