In Memory of M. Joe Cornelius

M. Joe Cornelius
M. Joe Cornelius
Born: December 16, 1949
Died: January 22, 2016
Age: 66
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M. Joe Cornelius
December 16, 1949 - January 22, 2016
From: Stratford, IA | Originally: Nevada, IA

Marvin (Joe) Cornelius, age 66, of Stratford and formerly of Nevada, Iowa, died Friday, January 22, 2016, at Stratford Specialty Care in Stratford.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the First United Methodist Church in Nevada, with Pastor Chris Waddle officiating.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown. 

Born December 16, 1949, in Marshalltown, Iowa, Joe was the son of Marvin and Ruth (Devick) Cornelius.  He attended early grade school in Marshalltown and moved to Nevada in 1962.  Joe graduated from Nevada High School in 1968, then attended the Skill Center for Machinists.  He worked for Donnelly Marketing in Nevada, Sundstrand Company in Ames, and finished his career at the Iowa State Memorial Union in Ames.

Joe participated in high school sports and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, but enjoyed watching all sports.  He was a huge history buff and had a great command of all trivia.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin; a brother, Doug Cornelius; his step-father, Jerry Hines; a step-brother, Kent Hines; his grandparents; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Survivors include his mother, Ruth Hines of Nevada; a sister, Debbie (Scott) Presler of Palo; two step-sisters, Annette Forbes and Mary (Jan) Sherwood, all of Ames; two step-brothers, Neal Hines of Ames and Mark Hines of Des Moines; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Joe and his family.


Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 4:35 PM
“Deb and family
You are all In my thoughts and prayers. I remember Joe as a kind person and when we were growing up and running through life in high school I remember him being so nice when I would come over to your house. I remember him playing music and it would come up from the basement and I esp. remember the song "souikilaki" I know I have terribly misspelled that but I hope you know which one I mean. I think as we get older we tend to remember and cherish the memories dear to our heart much more. Family is very important and though at time we think gee how did I get stuck with such winners we realize that God put us all together for a reason including out family. Please know I am thinking of you all and I know that you have many happy memories to include and cherish when things get tough.
Hugs and prayer to you all”
- Lisa Andresen
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 1:43 PM
“Joe was loyal to a fault-a friend once was a friend for life . He was sentimental, loved to sing and dance, do imitations..was a movie buff- invented games...was the first person to make me feel special-kids loved him. Little Sister”
- Deborah Presler
Monday, March 7, 2016 at 4:12 PM
“We were the best of friends in High School. I regret that we drifted apart after I returned from Vietnam. We had a lot of great times together when we were young. I have thought of you many times in the past years. You were a great friend, Joe. I will keep your memory in my heart as long as I live. ”
- Dennis
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10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
First United Methodist Church
Nevada, Iowa


Pastor Chris Waddle


Jess High
Jason Cornelius
Dan Cornelius
Shannon Presler


Riverside Cemetery
Marshalltown, Iowa