Norman Edward "Bud" Cornelison, Delavan, WI (1925-2014)

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

January 15, 1925 - February 27, 2014

Norman Edward "Bud" Cornelison, 89, of Delavan, WI, passed away Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Lakeland Health Care Center in Elkhorn, WI. He was born in Cavalier County, Banner Township, ND, on Jan. 15, 1925, the son of Noah B. and Martha (Kargel) Cornelison. His family moved to Southern Wisconsin, on Dec. 15, 1925, where Norman spent his entire life in the Darien, Delavan, Elkhorn region. He graduated from the Elkhorn High School-Class of 1943. Norman spent the World War II years in the U.S. Marines, serving in the Pacific Theater of War, being discharged in March 1946. On July 7, 1946, the Rev. Harold Gronseth united Norman with the love of his life, Shirley Jean Starin, in marriage at the Walworth Brick Baptist Church parsonage in Walworth, WI. He and Shirley had one daughter, Donna Lee Cornelison. They made the Village of Darien, WI, their home for 20 years. During this time, Norman drew up the blueprints for their new home, which they moved to in the City of Delavan, WI. Norman spent his working years at the Borg Corp. of Delavan, retiring in Jan. 1989, with 42 years seniority. He was a lifetime member of the Int'l Assn of Machinists Union. After retiring, he and Shirley spent many months and thousands of miles traveling (All 50 States, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand). They were both members of the Walworth County Senior Travel Club and Charter Members of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. and their names are listed there. Norman spent many hours at his hobbies: woodworking, ceramics, genealogy and transferring old phonograph records to tapes.

Norman is survived by one sister, Dorothy Mitchell of Madison, WI; one brother, Orville (Sheron) Cornelison of Elkhorn; a special niece, Caroline (Todd) Cornelison-Cauffman and their family of Elkhorn; a special nephew and niece, Ron and Kathie Klaman, Sr. of Rockton, IL, and their family; numerous other nieces and nephews; and a good friend and neighbor, Violet Reyher of Delavan. Norman was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Shirley, on Jan. 4, 2008; their daughter, Donna Lee Davies, on Jan. 5, 2004; and son-in-law, Gary Davies, both of Madison, WI; his parents, Noah and Martha Cornelison; his in-laws, Barney and Ruby (Carter) Starin of Darien, WI; a sister, Irene Feltham of Walworth, WI; and the family dog, "Holly".

Funeral Services will be held at 12 Noon on Monday, March 3, 2014, at the BETZER FUNERAL HOME of Delavan, with the Rev. Mike Ida officiating. Military services by the American Legion Post 95 will be at the FUNERAL HOME following the benediction. Burial will follow in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Delavan. Friends may call at the BETZER FUNERAL HOME from 11 a.m. until the time of service on Monday for viewing. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Delavan Rescue Squad would be appreciated.



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