Rogerio Eduardo “Eddie” Cordova


Rogerio Eduardo “Eddie” Cordova passed away Nov. 6, 2017. Eddie was born to Sylvianita (Martinez) and Serafin Cordova on July 12, 1923 in Garcia, CO. He joined the U.S. Army and served honorably from 1943 to 1946 in Germany, France, and Belgium. He married Lydia Manzanares on January 31, 1947 in San Luis, CO.  He earned two masters degrees in education. He taught at Costilla High School, Costilla, NM for six years later moving to Denver where he taught in Denver Public Schools for 38 years. He was a member of The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), where he enjoyed mentoring high school students and helped them apply for scholarships.  He was recognized for his community involvement by the City and County of Denver, who, by proclamation, declared June 27 as “Eddie Cordova Day in Denver.”

Eddie was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra Regina Brown, infant grandson, Antonio Carl Cordova; siblings: Alfonso (Anita), Serafin (Placida), and Margie.  Survived by his beloved wife, Lydia (Manzanares); siblings: Eufelia (Tino) Medina, Cordelia (Gilbert) Maes, and Johnny (Arlene); children: Arnold (Sherree), Carl (Delores), Marsha (Marvin) Peper, Rene (Dale) Padilla, and Barbara. Grandchildren: Shawn Brown, Dawn, Carlos, Jason, Lindsey (Dominic) Sierra, Kaley (Diego) Martinez, Charlie (Heather), Steven (Erin), Creighton Peper, Zach Peper, Ethan Peper, Lydia, and Shelby Voss. 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services are being held on November 16, 2017, at 10:30 AM at Notre Dame Catholic Church, 2190 S. Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80219. Interment to follow at 12:30 PM at Fort Logan National Cemetery. Reception 1–4 PM at VFW Post 5061, 5220 West Warren Ave., Denver, CO 80227.

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