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Christopher Robert Cordts

July 18, 1951 November 20, 2016
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Christopher Robert Cordts, known as Chris to his friends and family or Christo (by his wife, Linda), was born on July 18th, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He died peacefully on November 20th, 2016 after a 3-year battle with cancer.

Celebration of Life service will be on December 5th at 10:00 am at First Plymouth Congregational Church, 3501 S Colorado Blvd., Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113. Reception will follow at 12:00 pm at Romano’s Pizzeria Restaurant, 5666 S Windermere St, Littleton, CO 80120.

Chris moved several times in his life throughout Colorado and Illinois. Chris graduated from Arapahoe High School in 1969. He attended the University of Colorado Boulder, and finished his degree in Social Services at Mesa College. Chris’ first job was McDonalds, where he claimed he put the secret sauce in the Big Macs. He worked at group homes for the developmentally disabled at Carmel House and later at Laradon Hall School as a vocational counselor. At Laradon Hall Chris met his wife, Linda, who was an occupational therapist working with the students on the educational side. They were married on August 20th, 1982. Chris went on to employment with CSU extension service where he was one of the original founders of the community garden programs. During this employment, he obtained a Masters Degree in vocational education. Chris was hired by the Douglas County School District, where he was an ACE (Alternative Career Education) teacher for Highlands Ranch High School. He also helped to develop the Eagle Academy night school for working students. Chris was well loved by all the students whose lives he touched and taught them basic and functional skills of life. After retiring, he worked with clients in Vocational Rehabilitation and again Carmel House.

His father Robert Cordts preceded Chris in death. Three children, LisaMarie, Stephen and Joseph, survive Chris. His mother Janice Cordts, sister Leslie Cordts, brother Douglas Cordts, and his daughter-in-law Anne also survive him. He had two beautiful grandchildren, Charlee and Stanton.

Chris loved recreational sports; specifically basketball, baseball, and was able to find the strength to out live his cancer prognosis and witness his beloved Chicago Cubs win the World Series. Chris taught his beloved wife and grandchildren the joy and art of gardening, spending countless hours growing and sharing organic foods from their garden with friends and family. Camping was another of Chris’ passions where he shared memories, and experiences, with friends and family in tent camping and his 1977 motor home. Chris and family would camp and hike, at various national parks around Colorado, where Chris was infamous for campfire stories and late night entertainment. Chris had an incredible love of music, where family and friends had him identify the artist of a random song on the radio; with a 95% accuracy rating today continually tested him, or at least that would be his opinion of his success percentage. Chris’ family is still baffled on his accuracy, identifying artists such as Snoop Dogg, and Eminem; apparently some secrets are worth keeping. His favorite performers were Elvis, Bob Dylan (who he saw at Red Rocks this summer), and Van Morrison.

Chris had many friends and was well loved by all. He had a knack for getting people to open up and was always more concerned about their lives than his own. He will be sorely missed by family and friends but will remain in their hearts and memories forever.

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Previous Events

Service

Monday

5

Dec

10:00 AM 12/5/2016 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/5/2016 11:00:00 AM
First Plymouth Congregational Church

3501 South Colorado Boulevard
Englewood, CO 80113

Reception will follow at 12:00 pm at Romano’s Pizzeria Restaurant, 5666 S Windermere St., Littleton, CO 80120.

First Plymouth Congregational Church
3501 South Colorado Boulevard Englewood 80113 CO
United States

Memorial Contribution

The Denver Hospice

8289 E. Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
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