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Dennis W. Cornell, age 70, of Oronogo, Mo., passed away July 7, 2017, at Freeman West.
He was born September 2, 1946, in Webb City, Mo., the son of Oliver and Dorothy West Cornell. Dennis retired as a mechanic and was a member of the Oronogo First United Methodist Church. Dennis was a Vietnam Veteran in the United States Marine Corp.
He married Debora Smith on June 13, 1974, and had recently celebrated 43 years of marriage. Debbie survives of the home.
Additional survivors include their son, Oliver Cornell and wife, Angela, of Lamar, Mo.; two daughters, Lezley Neff and husband, Ryan, of Racine, Wis., and Kimberly Skelton and husband, Zack, of Republic, Mo.; five grandchildren; brother, Sidney Cornell and wife, Wilma, of Chillocothe, Mo.; sisters, Karen Wilson and husband, Kenny, of Carl Junction, Mo., Linda Beaver, of Galena, Kan., and Diane Brown and husband, Jerry, of Carthage, Mo. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City with Pastor Terri Haywood officiating. Burial with full military rites will follow at the Oronogo Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.
Published on July 9, 2017
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