He was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Bridget Gordon Ordway, and his
parents, Elizabeth Lovett Ordway, formerly of Benton, Kentucky, and Preston Wake Ordway, a native of Kuttawa, Kentucky.
John earned a Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering at the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Among the employers that benefited from his expertise were the Kroger Company and Entergy of New Orleans.
He is survived by his children, Mary Cooper Moffat, Jerry D. Cooper, and Lea Cooper Landry; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren He is also survived by his cousins Mimi Craynon Rainen of Lenexa, Kansas, Laura Craynon of Arlington, Virginia, and Betsy McClain of Benton, Kentucky.