Word has been received of the death of former Grace Brethren pastor, Richard Cornwell. His obituary is below.
Richard H. Cornwell, 74, went home to Heaven with the Lord he served for 43 years, Saturday, May 22, 2011. He was born March 9, 1937, in Findlay, Ohio, a son of the late Burley Cornwell and Edna (Daniels) Cornwell. Pastor Cornwell was a retired minister, pastoring churches in Michigan, Virginia, Somerset County, all before coming to Grace Brethren Church in West Kittanning in 1976, where he was a member. In Michigan, he was involved with Child Evangelism and the ministries of the towns he pastored. Richard loved golfing, volleyball, basketball, men’s softball, bowling and he was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rosalie (Yoder) Cornwell; daughter, Melody Hooks and her husband, John Jr., of Kittanning; son, Mark Cornwell and his wife, Anne, of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren, John Hooks III, Nathanael Hooks, Matthew Cornwell, Lindsay Cornwell, Samantha, Patrick and Alexandria; and his pet dog, Katie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the SNYDER-CRISSMAN FUNERAL HOME in Kittanning and from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Grace Brethren Church in West Kittanning. His son, Pastor Mark Cornwell, will officiate assisted by Pastor Larry Weigle, Pastor Ron Jarvis and Pastor Robert Burns. Interment in Ford City Cemetery. For more information or to send an online condolence, visit www.snydercrissman.com.