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JAMES GEORGE COORDES June 22, 1930 - March 17, 2017 Lifetime North Franklin resident, James Coordes, went to be with his Lord and Savior March 17, 2017 at his home outside Eltopia. Born in Pasco, WA to Henry and Bertha (Campbell) Coordes, James lived on his family wheat and cattle farm his entire life. He attended North Franklin schools and gradu- ated from Connell High School in 1948. In 1952, James was drafted into the army. During his time in the service, he was stationed in Germany as a radio operator, returning to the family farm in 1954. In 1961, on a blind date, James met Lanita Spanner, a pretty nurse from Kennewick General Hospital, whom he married in 1963. James loved farming and lived on his family farm all of his life, raised his five children, and continued to work and care for the land with his eldest son, Brian, until his death. A member of Connell Church of the Nazarene, James served on the board for many years. He was solid in his faith and generously supported the church and missions. James was a highly respected member in his community. He served on the boards of the Connell Grain Growers and the Connell Hospital Memorial Fund. James and his wife are also members of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers, Columbia Valley Grange #938, and the Franklin County Historical Society. He is survived by Lanita, his wife of 53 years, his children, Brian (Stacey) Coordes, Anne (Lee) Rudeen, Regan (Linda) Coordes, and Erin Coordes; his sister, Donna Coordes of Kennewick; 7 grandchilden and 1 great-granddaughter. He is preceded in death by his son, Kevin (2007). Known by most as Jim, he was esteemed as a calm and kind gentleman, considerate of others, hard working, and leading by example with a quiet, but witty sense of humor. As a "jack of all trades," he preferred to work with his hands. At age 86, he still drove tractors. Jim read the Tri-City Herald every day for the news, funny pages, and obituaries. We remember him not only for planting and nurturing the land, but planting and nurturing God's truth and love in the lives of his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Connell Church of the Nazarene. Please designate for World Mission Broadcast or Nazarene Agricultural Missions. Public viewing and visitation will be Thursday, March 23rd at the Mueller's Greenlee Funeral Home in Pasco from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Services will be held at 2:00 pm, Friday, March 24th at Connell Church of the Nazarene, 500 E. Franklin St, Connell, WA. (509) 234-9111. Please express your thoughts and memories on our online guestbook at: www.muellersfuneral homes.com
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Mar. 21, 2017