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Deacon Jordan James Pfunter

Jordan James Pfuntner

May 7, 1925

June 27, 2013

Jordan James Pfuntner, aged 88, passed away on June 27, 2013 after suffering a stroke.

Jordan was born on May 7, 1925, in Akron, OH and raised in Coudersport, PA on a dairy farm.  He was an avid hunter as a youth, and at the age of 18 he became a United States Marine who served in the Pacific in the Second World War. After the war he married his beloved Marjorie in Olean, NY, in February of 1946, and raised a family of nine children. A graduate of St. Bonaventure University and an entrepreneur, he was trained as a chemical engineer and spent his business career in various enterprises related to that field. Jordan and Marjorie moved to Texas in 1978 where Jordan has been a Waco-area resident for the past 35 years.

Reflecting his deep and abiding faith and his strong desire to help others, in 1980 Jordan became one of the first men ordained as a deacon in the Diocese of Austin. 

In July 1989, Deacon Jordan Pfuntner became the Pastoral Administrator of the newly-formed St. Stephen Catholic Church in Salado, as there would be no resident priest.

Marjorie predeceased Jordan in May of 2002, and Jordan is survived by his 9 children, Jordan N. of Falls Church, VA, Colleen A. Palmer of Jefferson ME, Mary M. Smith of Mooreland, IN, John M. of Ithaca, NY, Kevin J. of College Station, TX, Matthew L. of Dublin, NH, Dennis P. of Bryan, TX, Nora E. of Woodway, TX, and Lucy T. Petter of Woodway, TX, and 16 grandchildren.

A proud Marine, an enterprising businessman, an extraordinarily devoted husband and loving father, a kind and supportive deacon who touched many, many  lives, and a disciple of Christ, Deacon Jordan passed away in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his children, and can now be found in his Father’s house (John 14:2).  

Visitation was held at Connally-Compton Funeral Home, located at 4400 West Waco Drive, on July 1 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 7:00 p.m.  A funeral mass was held at 10:00 a.m. on July 2 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 9820 Chapel Road.  In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in Jordan’s name to Hands Together, P.O.Box 80985, Springfield, MA 01138.

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