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Stanley Melvin Cordingly


November 29, 2018

Stanley Melvin Cordingly, 86, passed away peacefully at his home on November 21, 2018. Stan was born August 4, 1932, in Upton, Wyo., to Vernie Arthur and Florence Mae (Adkins) Cordingly. He graduated from Upton High School in 1951. Stan served as the Captain's Yeomen during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. On October 16, 1953, he married the love of his life, Lola Belle Dowdy, and to that union four children were born. After his military service, the couple returned to Upton where they ranched until moving to Thermopolis in 1970. Farming and ranching continued to be a part of his life along with being the transportation supervisor for Hot Springs County School District where he retired in 1994.

Stan was a very active member of his church serving Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was proud and passionate about his work and partnership with the Gideon's Association where he served in several offices and thoroughly loved passing out Gideon Bibles to hotels, prisons and schools.

The list of activities that Stan enjoyed doing with his children and grandchildren are countless. He was an avid fisherman and has passed that trait on down through the generations. Camping, hunting, traveling and four wheeling to enjoy God's beautiful creations were just some of the hobbies he enjoyed partaking in. Stan was involved in his community and served on several boards including the Lucerne Water Board, Owl Creek Irrigation District, Farm Bureau and the Senior Citizen's Board.

He is survived by his wife, Lola; children, Kent (Sharon) Cordingly of Thermopolis, Cindy Longwell of Gillette, Linda Boelens of Riverton, and Kurt (Loma) Cordingly of Boise, Idaho; sister, Fern Blakeman of Sundance; nine grandchildren and; 19 ½ great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Howard, and Virgil; sisters, Vivian Horn, Georgia Strickland, Lorraine Bear, and Phyllis Wagner; and son-in-law Dennis Longwell.

Funeral services were held November 26 at the Risen Son Baptist Church. Burial followed at Monument Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Gideon's c/o Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY. Bryant Funeral Home is assisted the family with the arrangements.


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