Cordavee Heupel

Cordavee M. Heupel, 73, Sturgis, SD died Saturday, September 22, 2012, at her home.

Posted on September 27, 2012

Visitation was held from noon to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Kinkade Funeral Chapel with a rosary service at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Sturgis with Father Arnold Kari officiating. Interment followed at St. Aloysius cemetery.

She was born August 11, 1939, in Bowman, ND, daughter of John and Roszella Blees. She married Ray Heupel on December 28, 1939, at St. Charles Catholic Church, Bowman. They lived in Mobridge, SD and Pipestone, MN. And in 1968 they moved to a farm near Bowman, ND where they raised their five children. In March of 1989, Ray and Cordavee moved to Sturgis, S.D.

Cordavee was formally trained and worked in her early years as an x-ray technician. She also managed the financial aspects of Ray’s Auction Service, conducting estate and community auctions in the Bowman area. She is probably most well known for her work as a bank teller at Gate City Federal in Bowman and Norwest and Wells Fargo in Sturgis, and thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with the people she met while at the bank.

Scrapbooking and genealogy were always a big part of her life. She compiled scrapbooks for each of her kids of their school and 4-H activities, as well as tracking family histories and ancestry. She also kept scrapbooks of the Bowman and Sturgis communities.

She was involved with many organizations including 4-H clubs as a member and leader, several school, church and fair boards, as well as being a founding member of the Bowman County Genealogy & Historical Society.

Cordavee is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Raymond. She is survived by her children: Colin and his wife Debbie of Arvada, CO; RaeDeen of Kalispell, MT; Renee of Cheyenne, WY; Casey and his wife Sharon of West Glacier, MT; and Chad and his wife Helen from Frederick, MD; as well as 9 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

In her family planning documents, Cordavee listed her only significant accomplishment as “Helping others get awards!”

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