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Gordon E. Roorda

Posted August 26, 2013 in Obituaries, Urbandale

January 21, 1938 – August 22, 2013

Gordie Roorda

Gordie Roorda

Gordon “Gordie” E. Roorda, 75, died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Visitation will be held at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel on Sunday, August 25, from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Gordie was born on January 21, 1938 to Harriet and Cornelius Roorda in Albert Lea, MN. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 26. Cremation rites will follow the Mass on Monday and a private committal service will take place at a later date.

Gordie enjoyed fishing, sprint car racing, and watching the Minnesota Vikings. He also enjoyed spending time with his closest friends and his cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kate (Haytham) Hamad, Abagail (Zachary) Krava and Hayden Roorda; great grandchildren Kya, Rami, and Ibrahim Hamad, and Asher and Zander Krava.

He was preceded in death by his parents and mother-in-law Ann Bruning. Gordie will be deeply missed by his wife of 42 years JoAnn; sister Janet (Roger) Nordos; and daughter-in-law Cora (Bill) Duncan. In addition, he was survived by his sons Gregory and Jeffrey; his two daughters Maribeth and Melissa; eleven grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren.

The Roorda family would like to thank the staff at the Mercy ICU for their kind and compassionate care of Gordie. Memorial contribution may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church or Hospice of Central Iowa. Online condolences may be shared at


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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