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Posted on Jul 27, 2020
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Casey Cordell 1967 - 2020

Harold ‘Casey’ Lloyd Cordell, Jr., a resident of Val Verde County, died happy and doing what he loved on July 24, 2020 at his ranch in Del Rio, Texas. Casey, age 52, leaves behind a multitude of memories and tales of a full, well-lived and action packed life remembered by his adoring loved ones and by a multitude of devoted friends.

Casey Cordell was born on December, 15, 1967 in Silver City, New Mexico and graduated from Cliff High School, in New Mexico in 1984. He qualified for the New Mexico State High School Rodeo finals all four years of high school, before attending Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona on a full ride rodeo scholarship.
While attending Cochise, he was both a National Intercollegiate Rodeo regional qualifier and College National Finals Rodeo 3-time qualifier. Casey was an incredibly talented roper. He was a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association card holder and in 1990 qualified for the National Finals Rodeo, heeling. At the time, many of the most accomplished ropers in the industry doted on his unmatched abilities with a rope.

Casey Cordell moved to Del Rio in late 1990 and established himself as one of the most prolific rodeo cattle traders on the southern border. His passion for trading and Mexico is something he carried with him daily. Although initially, Casey could neither speak nor understand Spanish, with the help of his friends, he became fluent over time. He loved Mexico and its people, and traveled many miles trading various things there.
Casey produced team roping events and contracted and provided roping cattle for the George Strait Classic team roping event. Over several decades, many cattle that were seen at the rodeo and roping industry’s most esteemed events had been filtered through his pens and hands in Del Rio.

Casey is lovingly remembered as a true horseman and an independent cowboy with a colorful and fun-loving personality. His passion for rodeo cattle, ranching and farming has been imprinted on those who loved and treasured him. He is also remembered as a loyal friend, and a well-respected member of the St. James Episcopal Church and the Val Verde County community. Most importantly however, Casey is remembered as a loving son and father, and a steadfast friend and partner.

Casey is preceded in death by his father Mr. Harold Cordell and survived by his devoted mother Virginia ‘Ginny’ Cordell of Del Rio, Texas; daughter Dakota Cordell of Sierra Vista, Arizona; step-children Braelyn and Baker Moltz of Stephenville, Texas; and his love Holly Van Cleve of Cotulla, Texas.

The family would like to say thank you for the abundant condolences they have received. There has been so much comfort that has been found in knowing how many lives were touched by Casey.

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