Richard Valentino Cordova

Funeral Mass for Mancos resident Richard Valentino Cordova was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 28 at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Cortez. Interment will take place at Santa Rosa Memorial Park in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Visitation was held Friday evening at Ertel Memorial Chapel. Rosary services followed at 7 p.m. Military honors were provided Friday evening by the Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75.

Richard was born July 7, 1927 in Gallup, N.M. the son of Jose Ramon and Maria Placida (Silva) Cordova. He passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at his residence at the age of 85.

Richard served his country with the United States Marine Corps during World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He belonged to the V.F.W., Marine Corps Officers Association and the Knights of Columbus. In his spare time, Richard enjoyed hunting elk.

Surviving Richard are his wife, Lena (Gill) Cordova of Mancos; his children, Debbie Myers and husband Jack of Wilton, Calif., Mark Cordova and wife Joanne of Wildomar, Calif., Denise Davis of Cotati, Calif., Valerie Roberts and husband Dash of Simpsonville, Ky., and Monique Fazenbaker of Benicia, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and his brother, Raynell Cordova and wife Inga of Colorado Springs, Colo.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and by his first wife, Melane Marie Cordova.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to and click on the obituary section.