Clair H. “Corny” Cornwell

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Clair H. “Corny” Cornwell, 79, of Greeley, died on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home.

Visitation was Monday, Jan. 19, at Leonard-Muller Funeral Home in Edgewood and one hour before services at the church.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 20, at United Methodist Church in Greeley, conducted by Pastor Paddy Druhl.

Interment was at Grant View Cemetery, Greeley. Casketbearers were Mike Cornwell, Dan Cornwell, Donnie Nelson, Mark Nelson, Bruce Nelson and Jim Gallager.

Clair was born on Jan. 20, 1935, in Iowa City, the son of William and Dorothy (Idel) Cornwell.  Clair was raised in the Greeley area and attended Greeley High School.

On July 20, 1968, Clair was united in marriage to Helen Bolsinger Bond in Manchester. Together they lived in Greeley and Clair was employed by the railroad for 42 years, Milwaukee Railroad and later Soo Line. He retired in 1995.

Clair was a longtime member of the Methodist Church. He loved his family and enjoyed woodworking, playing cards, and mowing.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Cornwell of Greeley; two children, Brian (Stephanie) Cornwell and Alta Dorothy (Terry) Kloser, both of Greeley; one son-in-law, Ronnie Willie of Garber;  a sister-in-law, Linda Bond of Vinton;   nine grandchildren, Tammy Funk, Tonya Wille, Jason Bond, Danille Neilsen, Stacey Adams, Cory Kloser, Aaron Kloser, Adam Kloser, and Kaitlyn Kloser; 12 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren;  four siblings, Jim (Nancy) Cornwell of Greeley, Doug (Carol) Cornwell of Missouri, Pat (Dan) Elledge of Colesburg, and Joyce (Erlin) Cooksley of Missouri.

Clair was preceded in death by his parents; two step-children, Joyce Willie and William “John” Bond and his siblings, Eldred Hamlin, Elaine Cornwell, Ethel Nelson, Roy Cornwell, Jerry  Cornwell, and Mary Parks.

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