Onofre M. Cordova

September 5, 1928January 17, 2020

Onofre Moises Cordova, 91, of Wetumka passed away January 17, 2020. He was born September 5, 1928 in San Pablo, New Mexico to Jose Julian and Julia Cordova. Onofre was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Other than his family, one of his top loves was his horses and cattle. He was known as a “Real Cowboy”. He enjoyed rodeoing in college and worked with cutting horses. He was active in several bit and spur clubs as well as fair boards. Onofre has always been an active member of the churches in his communities, his most recent being the Texas Banner Church of God. Onofre served his country proudly in the United States Army during the Korean War. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 34 years, Marti Cordova; children: Kay Rodriquez, Pam Hechter (Chel), Tommy Cordova (Nova), and Shelley Southerland (Bobby); 16 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Paul Cordova; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 sisters and 6 brothers. A memorial service will be held at 6pm, Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at Texas Banner Church of God in Wetumka. Please visit the online guestbook at


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, January 22, 2020


Onofre M. Cordova

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Cheri Laycock

January 22, 2020

About 18 years ago I married a cowboy in Oklahoma. Laying on the dash of his feed truck was this stick. He said it was a dried cactus stick Onofre, a friend, had given him. A short time later I met Onofre and was instantly charmed by man. I asked him if he would grab me a few more cactus sticks the next time he was in New Mexico. He said “Sure, glad to do it”. Then I totally forgot about my request. A few months later, true to his word, Onofre shows up at my house with cactus sticks.
It’s been hard for me the past few days to pass by that crock full of sticks and not have a tear roll down my cheek. I have met a lot of men in my life, but only a handful of gentlemen. Onofre was a gentleman. You will be missed.

Susan Crespin

January 21, 2020

RIP Tio, I loved you dearly. you always protected me when i was small and for that I will always be great full. I was so lucky to celebrate your 90th birthday with you. you will be missed dearly Tio. Once more thanks for being in my life.

Dan Colombin

January 21, 2020

Onofre was a very well liked man dad and I enjoyed talking and visiting him the few times we had the opportunity. He will be missed and heaven is a better place with him there.

Ron & Kathy Bunt

January 20, 2020

We have wonderful memories of a very special man. It was a blessing to have Onofre as a neighbor and a friend.

Ron and Kathy Bunt

Julia Gutierrez

January 20, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with you during this difficult time. Julia Gutierrez worked at the school with Mr. Cordova and at PMS with you Marty!!

John Young Hernandez

January 20, 2020

To Mari:

A devoted wife, friend,campion, before you moved to Oklahoma, I had Ranch business with Mr. Cordova, you were around and I always thought "I hope my wife treats me with love and respect and kindness like you treated Mr. Cordova. "
John (Butch)

John Young Hernandez Hernandez

January 20, 2020

I had Mr. Cordova, as my shop, wood work teacher in 1969 until I graduated in 1972.

One of the many good moments/ memories I have of him was his sense of humor. One day we were working on small electric motors, Mr. Cordova was explaining how they worked, here I will demonstrate, he had one student hold the ground wire and hold hands with the 2nd student holding the positive wire, while he turned the hand crank to create electricity. We did not hold onto the wires very long.

The whole class had a good laugh. We all enjoyed his class a great deal.

To close he had a serious side as well, his daughter Kay was a cheer leader in high school, once while he was on duty,(during a game) he told me, John, I love that girl she is the love of my life, while teared up, I am proud of my family.