Barry Eugene Corder
July 15, 1955-Sept. 3, 2013
The bartering system lost one of its greatest enthusiasts on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. Barry Eugene Corder, of Cottonwood, Minnesota, passed away unexpectedly in his home. He was 58 years young.
Services for Barry Corder are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hope Reformed Church of Montevideo. Visitation is from 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Burial is 6 p.m. Saturday at the Redwood Falls Cemetery, Redwood Falls.
Barry was born July 15, 1955, in Moorhead to Donald and Judith (Jackson) Corder. No doubt, those who knew Barry back then would smile as they recalled some of his more famous shenanigans, one of which ended with a 12 year old Barry, featured on the front page of the Robbinsdale newspaper. The headline read something to the effect of “Local Boy’s Creation Responsible for Hundreds of People Reporting UFO Sightings.” His father was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and the family moved to Belview, MN, where Barry graduated from high school in 1973.
Barry enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1975. He settled in Redwood Falls and had four sons and one daughter: Justin (Bloomfield, Ind.), Sarah (Clara City), Seth (Andover), Elias (Redwood Falls) and Jacob (Minnetrista).
Barry was united in marriage to Deanna Pine and her two children, Joel Pine (Redwood Falls) and Jasmine Pine (Cottonwood), who came to know Barry as “Dad.” He loved them as much as he loved his own. He filled their heads with silly stories, one that lasted over four hours. Barry titled his pointless story “Oblio and Arrow and the Pointless Forest.”
Barry was an entrepreneur. He owned and operated many businesses over the years, including North Star Satellite, The Pink Cadillac (a youth center), and Radio Shack, all of which were located in Redwood Falls. Barry opened other Radio Shacks in Granite Falls and Montevideo. At the time of his sudden death, Barry and his wife owned and operated Montevideo Electronics in Montevideo.
Barry had recently discovered his talents in baking, canning and “cutting the cheese” (over 200 lbs. of it). Barry was a giver. He often gave away or bartered family’s possessions. Barry was known to take it upon himself to give away his wife’s lunch to strangers passing through their shop. In this and in Barry’s life, he taught his family and friends: Nothing lasts forever. Enjoy what you have now because without warning, it is gone in a flash.
Barry’s passion was to share the message of Salvation. Barry accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1979 and set off to be with Him the instant he departed this earth. Barry shared his faith in word and deed with everyone. Barry’s family takes comfort in knowing that he is with his Redeemer.
Barry is survived by two brothers (Paul Corder and Shawn Corder); his wife, Deanna, Cottonwood (who is trying to figure out what to do with 200 lbs. of cheese); five sons; two daughters (who do not want the cheese) and four daughters-in-law: Antje, Nikki, Amanda and Susan (who cannot wait to sample said cheese); 16 grandchildren (who will end up eating much of the cheese) and numerous nephews and nieces (who will be getting cheese for Christmas).
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and one infant sibling.