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Richard Arlan Cornell

June 3, 1936 — April 17, 2019

Richard Arlen Cornell, 82, of Sioux City, died Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at a local care facility.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Concordia Lutheran Church. Military rites will be offered by the Siouxland Marine Corps League immediately following the service. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, with the family present 5 to 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Larkin Chapel, Christy-Smith Funeral Homes, 2320 Outer Drive North.

Richard was born in Sioux City, on June 3, 1936, the son of Edward H and Eleanor (Burkhart) Cornell. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and proudly served his country during his tour of duty.

He was united in marriage with Marilyn Rys and the couple had four sons. They later divorced and he married Ruth C Lettau on July 21, 1967. He was a lifelong resident of Sioux City. Richard was employed by the city of Sioux City for 38 years and for 37 of those years he worked on the tree trimming crew.

He attended Concordia Lutheran Church. Richard loved playing golf, watching every sport he could on television, camping and fishing with family. He was an avid Iowa Hawkeye Fan.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Sioux City; his son, Dennis McKenzie and his wife, Carolyn of Kansas City, Mo.; daughter, Teresa Johnson and her husband, Jeff of Sioux City; sons, Tim Cornell, Rick Cornell, Dan Cornell, and David Cornell; a sister, Chyrol Genovese of St. Louis, Mo.; and his three grandchildren, Cameron, Timmy, and Amanda.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Ed and Bob.
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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Monday, April 22, 2019

4:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Christy-Smith Funeral Homes - Larkin Chapel

2320 Outer Drive North, Sioux City, IA 51104

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Prayer Service

Monday, April 22, 2019

Starts at 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Christy-Smith Funeral Homes - Larkin Chapel

2320 Outer Drive North, Sioux City, IA 51104

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Funeral

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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