In memory of

Michael "Zeke" Corderman

July 9, 1955 - April 18, 2021
From: Wayland, IA | Originally: Aurelia, IA
Michael "Zeke" Corderman

Michael "Zeke" Corderman

Born: July 9, 1955
Died: April 18, 2021
Age: 65
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   Mike “Zeke” Corderman, age 65 of Wayland, IA, formerly of Aurelia, IA, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 18, 2021, at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City, IA.
   Michael Dean Corderman was born on July 9, 1955, to parents Daniel and Audrey (McBride) Corderman in Sac City, IA. He attended grade school in Sac City where he and his family lived until moving to Lake City, IA. Mike completed school in Lake City and graduated from Lake City High School with the Class of 1974.  On December 6, 1980, Mike was united in marriage to Susan Blessington at the Presbyterian Church in Auburn, IA. Together, they have five children: Tracy, Shanna, Clint, Chance, and Christa. Mike and Susan raised their family in the Galva and Aurelia communities.
   Mike worked as a farmhand for many area farmers.  He then attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg, IA, in 1992, where he obtained his Associate's Degree in Agriculture. He worked for multiple companies including Aurelia Co-Op, Terra, Diamond Vogel, Premier Sheep Supplies, and at A&N Fishback Acres, where he retired from in February of this year. Mike raised sheep and was president of the Ida County Sheep Producers at one time.
   Mike was involved in Boy Scouts for many years and was especially active when his two boys were scouts. He was artistically talented and loved drawing as well as painting. Most recently, Mike took (and really enjoyed) a glass blowing class which helped him to perfect the art of glass blowing. He also enjoyed the outdoors. He and the boys would go on an annual camping trip where they’d have all kinds of fun target shooting as shooting was another one of his favorite things to do. In his free time, you could find him in his recliner with a fresh bowl of popcorn watching back-to-back episodes of home improvement shows on HGTV, “This Old House” on IPTV, and the Food Network channel.  Back in his earlier years, he built a chopper that he and Susan rode out to Wyoming on. He still has that bike and had hoped to get it running again.
   Of all the things Mike liked to do, spending time with his family was at the top of his list. He was known for making sure everyone had a nickname, starting with Susie, along with many other names he liked to call her. Most nicknames he came up with for everyone else were almost always accompanied by a lil’ ditty he had come up with. He was a great supporter of all of his children throughout their school-age years as he loved attending all of their events. Mike could also be counted on for sporting some pretty original/funny Halloween costumes after Susie twisted his arm. Mike was a special person to so many and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
   Left to cherish his memory include his wife Susan Corderman of Wayland, IA; children: Tracy (Steve) Smoley of Rush City, MN, Shanna (Brandon) Carlin of Estherville, IA, Clint (Angie) Corderman of Sioux City, IA, Chance (Amanda) Corderman of Sioux City, IA, and Christa (Drew) Puhrmann of Cherokee, IA; grandchildren: Lilly Smoley, Mary, Nick, and Maci Carlin, Ginger and Thorben Corderman, Anna Corderman, Wyatt and Sloane Puhrmann; mother Audrey Derr of Cherokee, IA; sister Lori (Pat) Henricksen of Pagosa Springs, CO; brother-in-law Randy Blessington of Albuquerque, NM; nephews Alec (Carsyn) Henricksen and Corey Henricksen; many other extended family members and friends.
   Mike was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Corderman; parents-in-law Melvin and Beth Blessington; brothers-in-law Blaine Blessington and Ron Blessington; and infant sister-in-law Sheila Blessington.


Memorial Service
10:30 a.m., Friday 
April 23, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Livestream Available
Passcode: Corderman

Rev. Mark MacWhorter
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 22, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa


Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at 2:47 PM
“Audrey and Lori, I am so sorry to read about Mike's passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Cathy McIntire
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 12:15 PM
“Susan and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Although I didn't know him personally, I know how much he meant to you all. You and your family are in my prayers. Love ya ~Brenda”
- Brenda Jenkins
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:50 PM
“Susan and family, I am so sorry to hear of your husband/Dad "Zeke" passing away so suddenly. Want to extend my sincere sympathies to you. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you through this difficult time. He truly is our only "Hope" and salvation at a time like this. He is a very present help in times of trouble. May His peace surround and indwell you that passes understanding,. In deepest sympathy, Barb (Erickson) Thompson”
- Barbara Thompson (Erickson)
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 1:57 PM
“My condolences Susan. So sorry to hear of your loss, he was much to young. Know that I'm lifting you and your family in prayers.”
- Verlin Karstens
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 11:21 PM
“Our sympathy and prayers to Audrey and all of Mike's family. We remember talking to Mike and how friendly he was even though we didn't get together as family often like when Audrey and Don were younger. Knew he was blessed with good mother and know this is difficult time for all of you. Our prayers for God's peace that only He can give us. Don & Mary Ellen Hatch”
- Don & Mary Ellen Hatch
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:41 PM
“May God's perfect peace and comfort surround you now and always. May you find comfort in loving memories. Strength in the support of those who care and hope in each new day. God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Second Corinthians 1:5 NLT”
- Pastor Missy Brown
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:41 PM
“Susan, I'm so sorry to hear that Mike passed away. Some how I lost track of where you two were. Mike was a great friend in high school. I'll never forget his Roadrunner. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Jon Awtry
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM
“Susan, so sorry to hear the news of your husband's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family as you mourn the loss. Cherish the memories. ”
- Sue & Ken Barney
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. Mike was a wonderful man.”
- Darren & Vickie Gifferson
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM
“So very sorry for your loss, as well as your children and grandchildren's loss. What a great marriage you two had, always smiling and making each other so very happy. God Bless. ”
- Catherine Greiner
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM
“I worker with Mike "Zeke" many years ago when he worked at The Elevator in Aurelia,Iowa. Such a good family man. And a great employee. He and Susan raised some awesome children. Rest in peace Zeke. To his family, I am so sorry.”
- Barbara Downing Evans
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM
“Corderman Family, I am so sorry for the loss of Zeke. I always enjoyed my time talking with him and hearing about his rock painting set he so adored! My prayers go out to all of you and you are in my thoughts. In this time of grief and unexpected moments, know that Jesus loves you all. Zeke is looking down on you , arm and arm with Jesus, saying "look at my creation on Earth, they are my pride and joy." Below is my favorite poem for circumstances like this. I hope it helps you all in this time of loss. Do Not Weep For Me Do not weep for me for I have not gone. I am the wind that shakes the mighty Oak. I am the gentle rain that falls upon your face. I am the spring flower that pushes through the dark earth. I am the chuckling laughter of the mountain stream. Do not weep for me for I have not gone. I am the memory that dwells in the heart of those that knew me. I am the shadow that dances on the edge of your vision. I am the wild goose that flies south at Autumns call and I shall return at Summer rising. I am the stag on the wild hills way. I am just around the corner. Therefore, the wise weep not. But rejoice at the transformation of my Being.”
- Zach Nixon
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM
“I want to express condolences to Audrey. I remember her as a nurse at SMCH in Lake City. No mother should ever have to bury a child and I am so sorry to hear of your loss.”
- Sonia Kerns
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:40 PM
“Dear Susan and Family, I was so very sad and shocked to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a good person. I will always cherish my memories of working with Mike on Premier's Sheep Farm, and will forever be thankful I had the opportunity to meet him and get to know him over the short period we worked together. Susan, you and your family have my sincerest sympathy. May God grant you the peace and strength to carry on without your dear husband, father, grandfather and friend. God Bless. -Heather Schneider”
- Heather Schneider and Family
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:36 AM
“Rest In Peace our dear old friend 🙏 separated by miles but you were always one of those friends that we could pick up right where we left off when we were together. Our deepest sympathies to a Susan and the family. Ride on buddy ♥️”
- Rick and Vicki McClintock
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:36 AM
“Dear Susan and Family, we will keep Zeke and all of you in our prayers. ”
- Jef Bohnenkamp
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10:28 AM
“My heart is saddened to hear that a dear friend has left the to be with the dear Lord!! We shared the same date for our birthdays! He had a heart of gold, always a smile on his face!! He was a true family man! My deepest condolences for the family and most of all, Susan. Please let me know if I can do anything for you!”
- Donna Rugg
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Susan and family......I am very sorry to hear Mike passed away. You and your entire family have my sympathy and I will keep you all in my prayers. ”
- Sally Peters Sorenson
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. God be with you.”
- John & Teresa Drilling
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“We were so sad to hear about the unexpected loss of Mike. He was such a great person and so much fun to be around. ”
- Samo Family
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Susan and family, Gone too soon and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Most Sincerely Pat ”
- pat maunu
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:53 AM
“Rest in Peace Papa Mike! Keep watching Mama Sue and all your children and grandkids! You are such an amazing person. You will be missed! Mama Sue Stay strong ! and everybody! Take care and God bless!”
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 8:48 PM
“Dear Susan & family, My heart weeps for you on the loss of Mike. He was always smiling and so friendly whenever I happen to see him. Having worked with you Susan, I know your love was deep. May you find comfort in the arms of family and friends during this time. I pray for peace beyond understanding for all. Bunny”
- Bunny Peiffet
Monday, April 19, 2021 at 4:48 PM
“Dear Susan. My deepest sympathies and prayers to you and your family. ”
- Julie Smidt Ruggles
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