Donald I. Cornell, 80, of Everett, died peacefully on April 16, 2021, at UPMC Altoona Hospital.
Born on October 10, 1940, in Clearville, PA, he was the son of the late Blair and Cleva (Ressler) Cornell.
On June 11, 1961, in Everett, PA, he married Gloria (Hite) Cornell. They enjoyed a happy marriage of nearly 60 years.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Karen (Cornell) Mitch and husband, Michael, of Gaithersburg, MD; two grandsons, Ryan and Justin Mitch; and three siblings, Roger Cornell and wife, Yvonne, of Chesapeake, VA, Ronald Cornell and wife, Kathy, of Schellsburg, and Carol Croyle, widow of Tom, of Schellsburg.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in passing by a sister, Shirley Davis, and a brother, Robert Cornell.
Don was a graduate of Bedford High School, class of 1958. After graduation he had a long career with Standard Register, working there for more than 25 years. He later worked at JLG and DMP before retiring.
Don was devoted to his family and was very proud of his daughter and grandsons. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, sharing with them his love of the great outdoors, auto racing, and football. He modeled for everyone the important values of working hard and caring for others, and he faced challenges knowing that he could get through anything by living his life “one day at a time.”
Don enjoyed attending Pennwood Bible Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the church at 440 Hospital Drive, Everett, PA 15537. Memorial donations may also be made to the Autism Society of America at https://www.autismacceptance.org.
Funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:00 am in the chapel at Donelson Funeral Home, Main Street, Everett, with Pastor Stephen Scruggs and Pastor Dana Umbel officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:00 am until the hour service and may share memories online at www.donelsonfuneralhome.com
Those in attendance are asked to wear masks and follow social distancing guidlines.
Burial will be held at Bedford County Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Donelson Funeral Home LLC, Everett, PA.
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