Gary Leland Cornell

Friday, January 4, 2019

Gary Leland Cornell, 48, of Springfield, Mo., and formerly of Nevada, died on Dec. 29, 2018, at his home in Springfield. Gary was born Sept. 26, 1970, in Nevada, Mo., to Larry and Ruby (Cartwright) Cornell.

Gary grew up in Nevada, Mo., graduated from Nevada High School class of 1988 and attended the University of Missouri in Columbia for two years. Gary served in the United States Marines for the following four years. Gary has lived and worked in Springfield since 1997 and was currently employed by Missouri State University in their mail department. Gary was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan and also a fan of music by his favorite band “KISS.”

Survivors include his sister, Lori Solensky, of Nixa, Mo.; one niece, Marisa Solensky, Nixa, Mo.; his uncle, Clifford Cartwright and wife, Cindy, Nevada, Mo.; aunt, Linda Bozworth, Nevada Mo.; numerous cousins; and his many friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service with military honors will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, with the Rev. David McKinley officiating. The family suggests memorials to the Shriner’s Childrens’s Hospital in care of Ferry Funeral Home.

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