Coleridge — Claire E. Jordan, 79, Coleridge, died Nov. 11, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his family.
A private family service will be held in Norfolk.
Claire was born Nov. 25, 1940, to Mabel Lucille (Barger) and Earl Warren Jordan in Coleridge. He grew up in Coleridge with a love of sports and played any and all sports available to him. He graduated from Coleridge High School in 1958, enlisted in the Army Sept. 4 of the same year, and attended basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. He was then stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., until Sept 2, 1960, when he received an honorable discharge at the rank of Specialist. After returning to Nebraska, he took a job as a construction laborer for William Mohr, where he met his future wife, Judith. They married Dec. 21, 1962, and raised four children. Claire attended Wayne State College and graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1969, with an emphasis in physical education. He taught and coached for 10 years in Allen, Wilbur, Grants, N.M., and Coleridge. Through the years, the family moved to Estherville, Iowa; Gaylord, Minn.; and Burlington, Wis., before returning to Coleridge in 1990. Claire then worked at Hefner Oil and Feed for several years before becoming maintenance manager at Ridge View Manor, Coleridge. He loved visiting with the director and residents, and fixing any issues that came up. He retired in 2005.
Claire played basketball and tennis well into his 40s, and continued to play golf into his 70s. He instilled a love of sports into his children and was always a coach at heart. He had an uncanny memory for sporting events and could recall the details of nearly every game he ever played or coached. Claire was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mabel.
Claire was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mabel.
He is survived by his wife, Judy, Coleridge; a brother, Wayne (Virginia), Ballwin, Mo,; sons, Justin and Travis (Tara); daughters, Misty (Jeff White), Norfolk, and Kelly, Palmyra; six grandchildren, Talyn Griffin, Caper, Taylor, Grant and Pierce; nieces, Cheryle, Katherine and Cyndi; and nephews Alan (Jan), Kim and Kevin. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be directed to the Orphan
In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be directed to the Orphan Grain Train or the Jordan family for later designation.