John Cornell

Jan. 17, 1923 – Aug. 1, 2017

John Cornell, 94, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1. He was born Jan. 17, 1923, in Springfield, Missouri, to John L. Cornell and Susie Cornell Sanders.

John enlisted in the U.S. Navy in May 1942 and served aboard the USS Long, a destroyer in the South Pacific during World War II. His ship was sunk by a Kamikaze Jan. 6, 1945, and the Lingayen Gulf Luzon in the Philippines. He was picked up by the USS Hovey, another destroyer, and it too was sunk by a Japanese torpedo on the same day. John also served in Korea on another destroyer – the USS McDermott.

John married Lucille V. Cornell on Sept. 5, 1970, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

John is survived by his wife, Lucille; seven children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

John was a true patriot, he loved his country and family. The family would like to thank the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins and Zion’s Way Hospice for the care John received from all the wonderful staff that care for our veterans.

Funeral services

  • Memorial services will be held at a later date in Mesquite, Nevada.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Spilsbury Mortuary, 435-673-2454.

For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit Spilsbury Mortuary online.

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