Joseph Kordonowy

August 23, 1936 ~ July 6, 2018 (age 81)

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

Joe was born August 23, 1936 to William and Pauline (Syminow) Kordonowy at the family farm near Fryburg, North Dakota.  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, WY 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.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Alice Faye; his children, Joan Maser, Diane (Kent) Luttschwager, Paul (Carole) Kordonowy, David (Sadie) Kordonowy and Beth (Dave) Roberson; stepsons, Kenny and Dennie AuFrance, their families, and his former wife, Betty, as well as twenty-three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  Joe is also survived by his siblings, Bill (Betty) Kordonowy, Rose (Dale) Shaw, Bernard (Cindy) Kordonowy, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Preceding him in death were his parents; brother, Charles, and son-in-law, John Maser.

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 11, 4 pm-7pm at Mortimore Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, July 12, 10:30 am 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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