Daryl James Kordus

Daryl James Kordus

Birth
Montana, USA
Death 10 Feb 2007 (aged 80)
Anchorage, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Burial Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA
Plot SECTION N ROW 27 SITE 1370
Memorial ID 50204546 · View Source
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PFC US Army - World War II

Anchorage Daily News February 14, 2007

Anchorage resident Daryl James Kordus, 80, died Feb. 10, 2007, at his assisted living home in his favorite recliner after watching the Pro Bowl.

Daryl's viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Northern Lighthouse Assisted Living Home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at the home. At 1 p.m., a service with full military honors will take place at Fort Richardson, where Daryl will be laid to rest. Sherry Mettler will officiate.

"Uncle Daryl" was born April 22, 1926, in Eureka, Mont., to Valentine Kordus and Marjorie Kordus. He was the youngest of four children.

At age 18, Daryl joined the U.S. Army. He served in Europe during World War II, participating in the Battle of the Bulge.

In the early 1950s, Daryl moved to Alaska with his brothers, Charlie and Frank. After the birth of one of Charlie's eight children, Frank and Daryl moved to Arizona, where Daryl did masonry work for more than 40 years.

His family wrote: "Daryl retired at 68, and Charlie's children invited him back to Alaska to be with family. He lived in Kasilof in a cabin. He spent his days chopping wood, walking five miles a day, fishing, and shopping at thrift stores for Pendleton shirts. "In 2003, Mr. Kordus suffered a massive stroke. After being discharged from the hospital, Daryl moved into Northern Lighthouse Assisted Living in Anchorage. He lived out his days with people who loved and spoiled him. "In 2006, Daryl turned 80, and his lifelong dream of paying tribute to his fallen comrades at Arlington National Cemetery was fulfilled. The administrators of his home escorted him, and the trip was covered via donations from New York to Alaska. He also received a flag that Sen. Lisa Murkowski had flown over the U.S. Capitol in honor of his 80th birthday and his service to our country."

Daryl is survived by his nieces and nephews, Steve and Christy Kordus of Washington, Frank Kordus of Michigan, Valerie Kordus-Sprinkle and husband Robert of Anchorage, Mary and Mike Rodgers of Oregon, Monica and Kevin Stecher of Tennessee, Janell Driscoll and Wes Walker of Anchorage, Jason Kordus of Anchorage, Kari and Arvid Hall of Anchorage, Calvin and Michael Kordus of Anchorage; and several great-nieces and -nephews, as well as his second family at Northern Lighthouse.

In lieu of flowers, Daryl requested in his will that donations be sent to the Northern Lighthouse Senior Wish Program, so that others may experience the joy of having a lifelong wish fulfilled. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 241428, Anchorage 99524. Northern Lighthouse is a nonprofit organization.


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  • Added: 25 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50204546
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daryl James Kordus (22 Apr 1926–10 Feb 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50204546, citing Fort Richardson National Cemetery, Fort Richardson, Anchorage Borough, Alaska, USA ; Maintained by Twist (contributor 46920390) .