Francis Coddington

Francis LaVerne Coddington, age 76, of Missouri Valley, Iowa, passed away Friday, October 13th, 2023 at his home.  Francis was born in Missouri Valley to Gilford and Irene Coddington in 1946.  Francis was married to Mary Griffith, on June 14th, 1969.  He served his country in the Air Force during Vietnam as an aircraft technician.  After the war, he worked for Western Union and then OPPD at the Fort Calhoun power plant for many years before retiring.

Francis loved fishing, golf, cribbage, listening to music on his porch, reading Dean Koontz, gardening, and enjoying his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; his sister, Betty Ruffcorn; his three children: Bruce (Jill) Coddington, Francine Ebert (Tim McVeigh), and Amber (Joshua) Navarro; his grandchildren Gillian, James, Haisten, Liam, Corwin, Harper, Jacoby, Cael, and many nieces and nephews.

Francis was preceded in death by his mother and father, his brothers Fred, Larry, and sisters Mary, and Shirley Mae.

Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, October 25th from 9:00a.m to 11:00am, at Hennessey Funeral Home in Missouri Valley.  Funeral Service to follow at 11:00a.m.

Military Honors will be conducted by VFW Post 6256 and O’Hara Seeley Post, presented graveside at Calhoun cemetery.

The family would like to invite everyone to lunch at the Eagle’s Club following the interment.

In Loving Memory Of

Francis L. Coddington


December 17, 1946              Missouri Valley, Iowa

Entered Into Rest

October 13, 2023                  Missouri Valley, Iowa

Funeral Service

11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Hennessey Funeral Home

Missouri Valley, Iowa

Officiating                           Pastor Marlin Lustgraaf

Music Selections

“What A Wonderful World”                  “Good Bye”

“I Have A Dream”                    “Don’t Cry For Me”

“Somewhere Over The Rainbow”        “The Garden”

Casket Bearers

Dwight MacGrath                                     Joe Spears

James Coddington                            Liam Coddington

Corwin Kerger                                 Bruce Coddington

Final Resting Place

Calhoun Cemetery

Logan, Iowa



  • RODNEY L KUHLMANN Posted October 17, 2023 10:40 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Frank for about 25 years at Fort Calhoun.Station before and after we both retired. He was a good friend and I was saddened to hear of his passing.

  • Russ Plott Posted October 25, 2023 7:34 am

    Bruce and family so sorry for your loss. Frank was one of the nicest guys to work at Fort Calhoun Station. He always had a kind word and smile on his face whenever I saw him. May he rest in peace.

  • Travis Baker Posted October 25, 2023 10:30 am

    RIP Francis May he rest in peace

  • Sharon (Pash) Muse Posted October 25, 2023 11:50 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family.

  • richard ronning Posted November 6, 2023 4:04 pm

    My sympathies to all of Frank’s family and friends. I worked with Frank at the power plant for many years and enjoyed his sense of humor and strong work ethic.

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