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Albert Joseph Ordner

May 22, 1947 ~ September 6, 2023 (age 76) 76 Years Old


Albert Joseph Ordner (May 22, 1947 – September 6, 2023) was born in Corpus Christi Texas and was the second son of Francis R. and Florence “Tina” Ordner. After graduating from the Corpus Christi Academy in 1965 he began his electrician’s apprenticeship training with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 278 in Corpus Christi. His training was interrupted when he was drafted in 1966. He served one tour in Vietnam as a member of the Army Engineers (1967-1968) then returned to Corpus Christi and resumed his apprenticeship training. He turned out as a journeyman electrician from IBEW Local 278 in Corpus Christi Texas in 1971. He liked to say that he could wire anything from a flashlight to a nuclear power plant and that was the truth.

Albert had an itchy foot and he spent much of his career as a "tramp" electrician working on big construction jobs like airports and powerplants all over the United States, but especially in the Pacific Northwest and the American Southwest. He even worked as an electrician in the Nigerian oil field in the mid-1970s. He eventually settled on 5 acres near Sinton, Texas in 1990 with his third (and last) wife. He continued to work construction out of town, but mostly closer to home. Albert maintained his union membership after he retired and was proud to have been an IBEW member for over 55 years.

Albert loved to fish and for him there was no better meal than freshly caught speckled trout. He made the best potato salad you’ve ever eaten. Albert loved gadgets and gizmos and was an inventor at heart. He was an early adopter of video games and played them to the end. After he retired, he spent a lot of time tinkering and one of his great joys was mowing the grass with the riding lawnmower.

Albert loved his family and was dearly loved. We miss him terribly.

I have only slipped away into the next room.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
And whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

To remember Albert, please give to the American Cancer Society or the Disabled American Veterans.  .

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