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Arthur Cornelius


Arthur “Art” D. Cornelius, 72, of Waterville died Monday, April 23, 2012 at his home in rural Waterville. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 26 at Waterville Lutheran Church in Waterville, with Rev. Lynn G. Groe officiating. Burial was at Waterville Lutheran Cemetery.
Arthur Dean Cornelius was born January 20, 1940 in Decorah to Ole and Myrtle (Boe) Cornelius. He was baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Decorah and graduated from Decorah High School in 1958. February 20, 1960 he married Janice Faldet, they later divorced. November 17, 1990 he married Jean Phipps at the Waterville Lutheran Church.
Art was a lifelong dairy and crop farmer. He farmed near Ridgeway from 1960 to 1986, later he relocated to Waterville where he farmed the rest of his life. He was a past member of the NFO and enjoyed fishing and horses. Over the years he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and spent a lot of time fishing with his friends, Jerome Bohr and Bob Frana, who are now both deceased.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Cornelius, of Waterville; three children, Michael Cornelius of Decorah, Rosean (Tom) Phipps of Waukon and Mindy Rausch of Ft. Atkinson; step-children, Tim (Vicky) Phipps of Dorchester, Roxanne (friend Roger Munson) Oder of Belmond, and Renee (Bernardo) Acosta of Waterville; seven grandchildren, Mitch Cornelius of Dubuque, Marty Cornelius of Waterloo, Shelby Cornelius of Decorah, Brittany (Charles) People of Burnsville, MN, Bryan Phipps of Waterville, and Allie and Kaci Rausch, both of Ft. Atkinson; seven step-grandchildren, Troy Oder of Oelwein, Tyler Oder of Waterville, Ciara (friend Dominique Austin) Oder of Mason City, Vanessa Phipps of Dorchester, and Sofia, Ana and Freddy Acosta, all of Waterville; two great-grandchildren, Whitney and Lela People, both of Burnsville, MN; one nephew, Curt Cornelius of Kansas City, KS; and three nieces, Keri Cornelius and Dawn (Richard) Mall, both of Long Beach, CA, and Pam (Todd) Schorzmann of Helena, AL; a former son-in-law, Dan Rausch of Ft. Atkinson; and a former daughter-in-law, Sue Macal of Decorah. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Andrew, who died in infancy; and a brother, Curt Cornelius.
Honorary casketbearers were Bryan Phipps, Brittany People, Ciara Oder, Vanessa Phipps, Kaci Rausch, Alli Rausch, and Sofia, Ana and Freddy Acosta. Casketbearers were Mitch, Marty and Shelby Cornelius, Troy and Tyler Oder, and Curt Cornelius.
Online condolences may be left at www.martinfunerals.com.





 

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