Kordes III (1953 - 2016), Wilhelm
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Listing last updated on 30 Nov 2023.
Wilhelm Kordes III (b. 1953 - January 22, 2016), son of Reimer Kordes. Joined the W. Kordes & Sons in 1977. Past owner, together with Tim Hermann Kordes and Margarita Helms-Kordes, (widow of general manager Bernd Helms-Kordes who died Aug 27, 2013)
[From World Rose News, April 2016, p. 31:] ....Wilhelm Kordes III died on 22 January 2016....Wilhelm Kordes was born the son of Reimer and Marianne Kordes in 1953. His father, who had run the family company with his two cousins Hermann II and Werner since 1964, was managing director and responsible for rose breeding. Wilhelm Kordes first joined the company in 1977, after training as a gardener and gaining experience abroad. In 1988 the company management passed onto the 4th Kordes generation and Wilhelm Kordes focused on breeding garden roses and finance. His cousin Tim-Hermann took over the breeding of cut roses and cousin Margarita´s husband, Bernd HelmKordes, took on cut rose production