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Duane E. Cornelius

Feb 11, 2008

ARMSTRONG — Funeral services for Duane E. Cornelius, 84, of Armstrong will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2008, at United Methodist Church in Armstrong with Pastor Lyndon Roesler officiating. Visitation was 4-7 p.m.Monday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Armstrong. Interment will be at Armstrong Grove Cemetery in Armstrong with military rites by Weiby-Johnson VFW Post 5232 of Armstrong.

He died Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville.

Duane Elmer Cornelius, the son of Paul and Ruth (Underwood) Cornelius, was born Jan. 25, 1924, in rural Seneca.

He grew up and received his education in the Fenton schools. Duane served in the United States Army during World War II. He received an honorable medical discharge from military service. Following his discharge, he enjoyed his years being employed from 1947 to 1954 by the Iowa-Nebraska Trucking Company based out of Omaha, Neb.

On Oct. 30, 1954, Duane was united in marriage to Mary Lou Adams in Columbiana, Ohio. Following their marriage they made their home in Columbiana until 1958 when they moved to Armstrong to make their home and raise their children. In 1959, Duane went to work for Art’s-Way Manufacturing in Armstrong. Duane took an enormous amount of pride in all aspects and every position that he served in while employed at Art’s-Way. However, it was his final position that he excelled in, manager of quality control. Due to his close attention to detail and desire to produce a quality product, Duane appeared to have a precise skill for seeing that things were done the “right” way. Duane retired from Art’s-Way in 1989. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing, gardening, bowling, and woodworking. In 2003, the couple moved to Estherville to make their home.

He was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church in Armstrong, being involved in pastoral-parish relations and assisting in youth group activities. Duane was also a lifetime member of the American Legion.

Left to cherish Duane’s memory are his wife, Mary Lou, of Estherville; son, Duane Cornelius of Milford; daughters, Della Ruth Phillips and her husband, Jim, of Kingsman, Ariz., Sherry Lou of Lincoln, Neb., and Kay Lyn of Des Moines; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virgene Uthof of Fenton and RoseMary Booth of Logan, Utah; and brother, Ray Cornelius of Fenton.

Preceding Duane in death were his daughter, Debra Lyn; his parents; three brothers, Earl, Leonard, and Lloyd; and one sister, Thelma Brown.

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