Mr. Irvin E. Cordell, 88, a resident of Menno Haven Nursing Home, Chambersburg, and formerly of Mercersburg, passed away at 8:09 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2013 at the nursing home. Born May 31, 1924 at St. Thomas, he was a son of the late Herbert R. and Mazie Clever Cordell. As a young man, Irvin worked at ELM Department Store of Greencastle. Irvin and his brother, Daniel Cordell along with their father, started H. R. Cordell Sons Plumbing Company of Mercersburg in 1948. Irvin operated the business along with his wife and sons until his retirement in 1991. He continued to work at the business for several years. He was a member of Mercersburg Mennonite Church, where he served over the years as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, Youth Director, Treasurer and Chairman of Church Council. He was a charter member of the Board of Directors of Menno Haven, charter member of the Board Directors of Cove Valley Camp, member and former treasurer of Franklin County Mennonite Mission Board, member and former treasurer of Eastern Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities, former member of Mercersburg Area Development Assoc. As an author, he wrote "Memoirs of Irvin Cordell". During World War II he served with Civilian Public Service for three years. He was well known for his charitable giving. His interests included traveling, baseball, and visiting foreign mission sites. Irvin married Margaret E. Frey Cordell on July 30, 1949. She passed away May 29, 2009. Surviving family are two sons, Jerry L. & wife Lisa Cordell of Carlisle, and Jim R. and wife Rhonda Cordell of St. Thomas; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Merle Cordell and Wayne Cordell both of Greencastle. In addition to his wife he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen Horst; and his brothers, Daniel, Glenn, Wilbur, and Walter Cordell. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Mercersburg Mennonite Church with the Reverends Allen Eshelman and David Possinger officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining church cemetery. Viewing 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church and one hour prior to the service Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Mercersburg Mennonite Church, 10060 Buchanan Trail W, Mercersburg, PA 17236. Arrangements are by Lininger-Fries Funeral Home, Inc., Mercersburg. www.lininger-fries.com
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Published in Public Opinion on Apr. 2, 2013