Published in The Washington Post on May 30, 2019
EUGENE R. CORDES "Gene"
Of McDaniel and Crofton, MD, passed away on May 25, 2019
at the Assisted Living Well & Compassionate Care in
Severna Park, MD.
He was born in Washington, DC and was the son of the late
Bertha Minoux and Joseph Cordes of Capitol Hill and husband
of the late Helen Amy Smith Cordes, and preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Cordes
of Arlington, VA., sister Agnes Sansbury (Cordes) of Coral Hills, MD and Elizabeth Cordes
of Arlington, VA.
Mr. Cordes graduated from St. Johns College High School in 1944.
During WWII, he served aboard the USS Athanasia, a naval cargo vessel and the aircraft
carrier USS Hancock during the Okinawa campaign being awarded the Pacific Theater
Ribbon (one battle star).
After the war, he attended GW and Georgetown Universities earning a BS degree from
Columbus University. He then entered civil service working as a Federal Auditor for NSA,
Army Audit Agency, and the Deptartment of Transportation retiring in 1985. His contribution
to the Country in time of need and his dedication to family were most important to him.
He is survived by his three children, Michael Cordes of Crofton, MD, Bob (Liz) Cordes of
Easton, MD and Suzanne Cordes of Crownsville, MD. He is also survived by two
grandchildren, Bobby (Kelly) Cordes of Easton, MD and David Cordes of Battle Creek, MI,
and one great-grandchild.
Viewing and prayers will be held at Beall Funeral Home, 6512 NW Crain Hwy, Bowie, MD
20715 on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. with a service at 2 p.m.
A reception will follow at his daughter's home in Crownsville,
MD. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) or the
Gary Sinise Foundation.