DANVILLE – Cordy Lee Heron, 83, of Danville, formerly of Ridge Farm, passed away at 9:06 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.
He was born Dec. 30, 1929, in Ardmore, Okla., the son of Cortess and Vera Martin Heron. He married Mazie Smith, who preceded him in death on July 16, 1976. He then married Rachel Jane Robins on March, 18, 1978, in Ridge Farm. She survives.
He is also survived by two sons, Don Heron of Racine, Wis., and Martin (Jeanie) Heron of Thompson Falls, Mont.; two daughters, Natalie H. (Bud) Harford of Kenosha, Wis., and Lisa M. (Jaime) Ruiz of McHenry; stepson, Robert W. (Shawna) Davenport of Wake Forest, N.C.; step-daughter, Robin (Scott Francis) Davenport of Cleveland, Ohio; a sister, Laveen Ham of Guthrie, Okla.; four grandchildren, Chad (Katie) Heron, Shawn Harford, Daniel Ruiz and Zach (Samantha) Heron; three step-grandchildren, Nicole, Alex and Elayna Davenport; two great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Reagan; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Marsha; and a grandson, Keefe Harford.
Cordy served his country by enlisting in the United States Navy, where he was active from the end of World War II to the Korean War. He flew as a pilot on aircraft carriers, including the USS Bataan and the USS Kansas.
After earning his Bachelor's at the University of Tennessee, Cordy went to work for JI Case Company, where he became the regional manager of Retail Enterprises. His 30-year stay at Case took him all over the Northern Hemisphere until his retirement in 1985.
Cordy was also very active in his community. He attended St. James United Methodist Church in Danville and was past president of the Eastern Illinois Shrine and member of the Western Indiana Shrine. He also served as the past mayor and village trustee for the Village of Ridge Farm and as a board member and guide for the Vermilion County War Museum. In his free time Cordy loved to travel, fish and play golf.
Cordy had a real sense of humor that will be missed by all. His family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Brij Sodhi and staff for their excellent care, his friends at Charlotte's, Bob and Sandi Randall and the rest of their "family" at the Ambassador, and his many friends including those in Ridge Farm and Marco Island, Fla.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Cordy Heron will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Pastor James Blue will officiate. Private burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm. Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m., prior to the service, also at Sunset in Danville. Cremation rites have been accorded.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Vermilion County War Museum, the ANSAR Children's Hospitals or the donor's choice.
Please join Cordy's family in sharing memories of his life through his tribute wall atwww.sunsetfuneralhome.com.