Gordon L. Cornwell

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gordon L. Cornwell, age 75, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge, Ia.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10, at Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Martin, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum, North Lawn Cemetery with a military flag presentation conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1856. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Survivors include daughter, Debbie Cornwell of Dallas, Texas; brothers: Mel and wife, Karen of Dickens, Ia. and Lowell and wife, Gwen of Fort Dodge, Ia.; sisters: Ann Hurley of Emmetsburg, Ia., Marilyn Price of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Cheryl Devlin and husband, Richard of Rochester, Minn.; also many nieces/nephews, grand-nieces/nephews and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester E. Cornwell; mother, Sylvia M. Cornwell; brother-in-law, Don Hurley; and nephew, Jerry Johnsen.

Gordon Lyle Cornwell was born Sept. 29, 1935, grew up near Gillett Grove, Ia. and graduated 1953. He married Phyllis Croxell in 1956, served in the National Guard, and was a Fort Dodge area soft drink distributor from 1959-1964. He attended Morningside College from 1964 -1967, graduated Magna Cum Laude and was head resident. They moved to Arlington Heights, IL where his career included PepsiCo as Convenience Packaging Director and District Manager from 1967-1971; then to Quincy, Ill. as Assistant Sales Manager and Executive VP/General Manager at Pepsi-Cola from 1971-1977; became a lease broker and real estate agent while in the Quincy, Ill. area from 1977-1984; and later a hearing aid specialist in the Fort Dodge, Ia. area in the late 1980s. Gordon retired in 1991 and devoted untold hours as volunteer coordinator of Webster County Payee Program, later doing representative payee work. Also, he was a transport medium for Trinity Regional Hospital for those having out of town medical appointments. He was a third degree Mason with membership at Morningside Lodge 615 in Sioux City, Ia.

Memorials may be made to: Morningside College "In Memory of Gordon Cornwell" Attn: Development Office, 1501 Morningside Ave. Sioux City, IA 51106 or to First Presbyterian Church "In Memory of Gordon Cornwell" 1111 5th Ave. North Fort Dodge, IA 50501