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Joe Kordonowy


Joe Kordonowy, 81, passed away July 6, 2018, at his home in Thermopolis, Wyo., surrounded by family.

Joe was born August 23, 1936, to William and Pauline (Syminow) Kordonowy at the family farm near Fryburg, N. D. After graduation from high school he served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed touring several European countries during his service.

Joe excelled at his careers as a carpenter and in the oilfield. Later, he and his wife, Alice Faye, purchased the Elk Horn Bar in Meeteetse, Wyo., where they made friends with people from throughout the country. After 21 years they retired to Thermopolis.

An avid hunter, Joe was especially proud of the bighorn sheep and moose he harvested at the age of 75 and 81 respectively.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Alice Faye; children, Joan Maser, Diane (Kent) Luttschwager, Paul (Carole) Kordonowy, David (Sadie) Kordonowy and Beth (Dave) Roberson; stepsons, Kenny and Dennie AuFrance, their families; former wife, Betty; 23 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; siblings, Bill (Betty) Kordonowy, Rose (Dale) Shaw, Bernard (Cindy) Kordonowy; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles; and son-in-law, John Maser.

Visitation is Wednesday, July 11, 4-7p.m. at Mortimore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Thermopolis with Reverend Joe Galligan officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

Mortimore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Messages may be offered at

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 642 Arapahoe, Thermopolis 82443 or Frontier Home Health and Hospice, Lander, WY 82520.


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