Albert Alfons Codenys, 88, of Billings, passed away at St. Vincent Healthcare, on Sept. 18, 2012, following a brief illness.
Albert was born on April 4, 1924, in Pompeys Pillar, to Alfons and Mary Codenys. He was an only child, but was blessed to have cousins (Jeannette Kerkhove, Robert Codenys and Leonard Codenys) who eventually became foster brothers and sisters. He graduated from Columbus High School in 1942 and remained on the family farm until he joined the U.S. Army in February of 1944. In September of 1944, he was deployed to the Philippines with B Company of the 304th Regiment of the 77th Infantry Division. He also served in Okinawa, Japan; Guam; and Saipan. He was discharged from the Army in 1946; he then returned to help run the family farm while also working additional jobs.
Albert met the love of his life, Elsie Peavler, in Greybull, Wyo., while delivering a motorcycle to his cousin Bob, who just happened to be married to Elsie’s sister Eilene! The two were married on Aug. 12, 1950. Albert continued to help with the family farm and began working at HCL Equipment in Billings. He worked at HCL from 1952 until he retired in 1986.
In 1957, Albert and Elsie were blessed with their only child, a daughter named Iola Diane Codenys. Twenty years later, Albert welcomed into his family Iola’s husband, Gregory Harris, whom he considered a son. Albert’s family grew by two with the arrival of his grandsons, Benjamin and Jeremiah. While Albert’s nuclear family was small, he had an extensive network of friends and other family members who were welcomed in and meant the world to him.
Albert was very devoted to his work, but loved devoting time to fun and other interests as well. He was an avid bowler and belonged to several bowling leagues. He enjoyed dancing; he and Elsie belonged to the Billings Polka Club. Albert was a member of the Moose Lodge and the BPOE Elks, where he and Elsie also enjoyed dancing. He was a member of the American Legion. Albert loved to travel. In 1975, he traveled to Europe with his wife and daughter, where he was able to connect with extended family from Belgium. He and Elsie also enjoyed several bus trips to eastern Canada, and the southern and eastern United States.
Albert is survived by his wife, Elsie; his daughter, Iola; his grandsons, Benjamin and Jeremiah; his foster sister, Jeannette Hetland; his sister-in-law, Eilene Codenys; many nieces and nephews; and cousins who remained dear to his heart.
Albert was predeceased by his parents; his mother-in-law, Eva Greene; his son-in-law, Gregory Harris; and foster brothers Bob and Leonard Codenys.
Visitation will be held at Michelotti-Sawyers on Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday at the church prior to the service. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 22, at Faith Chapel. Burial and military honors will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.