- Independent staff
Jan. 22, 1946-Sept. 4, 2013
Gary Allen Kordenat, 67, of Canby, died Sept. 4, 2013 at his home of heart failure.
He was born Jan. 22, 1946, in Kelso, Wash., to Charles Sr. Dick and Lois Kordenat. He was raised in Milwaukie, graduating from Clackamas High School.
He enlisted in the Army in June 1963 and was discharged in January 1966.
On Nov. 12, 1966, he married Beverly Laubsch in Gladstone.
He worked as an iron worker and helped build several bridges along Oregon and Washington freeways. He began working at the Canby Utility Board in 1985 before retiring in 2012.
Additionally, he was American Legion Commander of Post 122 in Canby and did volunteer work with Canby Kids. He also enjoyed woodworking and hunting. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had a large circle of friends and was loved by all.
Gary is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons Carl (Marie), of Woodburn, and Keith (Jenny), of Longview, Wash.; grandchildren Josh and Nicole Kordenat, of Woodburn, and Megan and Erin of Longview, Wash., and future grandson Kris Hendricks, of Woodburn; and brother Tom Kordenat of Vancouver, Wash.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Marilyn Garrow and brother Charles Jr. (Dick).
A celebration of life will be held at the American Legion Post 122 on Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Post 122, 424 N.W. First Ave., Canby, OR 97013.