Donald Eugene Cornwell, 92, of Buchanan, handed away July 14, 2022 at Riveridge Rehabilitation and Healthcare Heart. He was born April 5, 1930 in South Bend to Margie and Clarence Cornwell.

Don is survived by his spouse of 71 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Kline) Cornwell and their 4 sons: Mark (Marge), Tim (Karen), Todd, and Chad (Renee), 7 grandchildren and three nice grandchildren.

Don was a proud graduate of Washington Clay Excessive Faculty in South Bend the place he excelled at basketball. Quickly after commencement, he enlisted within the U.S. Navy the place he served admirably in each energetic and reserve obligation till he moved his younger household to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Though he had quite a lot of jobs early in his profession, he was at all times drawn again to the grocery store trade the place he was a talented butcher. Don ultimately retired in 1996 as co-owner of Cornwell’s Tremendous Valu. After spending many winters in Florida, they returned to Buchanan full time. Quickly after returning, he was provided a place at his previous retailer working part-time at Lowery’s Meat & Grocery. He continued working till simply shy of his ninetieth birthday when the pandemic introduced his profession to an finish.

In his spare time, Don was an achieved chippie having constructed many items of furnishings for his beloved Lofty Pine Acres. He additionally fancied himself as a gentleman farmer with an eclectic number of animals through the years.

Don by no means knew a stranger. As a longtime member of Buchanan Christian Church, he served quite a lot of rolls from Deacon to greeter. He additionally loved many enjoyable occasions at The Buchanan Senior Heart, however at all times appeared ahead to enjoying Euchre on Mondays. He was the one man who might name trump on an ace & 9 and make it each time!

Don was preceded in loss of life by his mother and father, Stepfather Man “Pappy” Welch, and brother Archie.

Visitation will probably be held from 4 – 7 pm on Monday, July 18, 2022 and 10 – 11 am on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Buchanan Christian Church, 112 W. third St, Buchanan, MI 49107. Funeral service will start at 11 am on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Buchanan Christian Church. Army Rites will probably be carried out by American Legion Put up 51. Burial will observe at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan.

Memorial donations could also be made to Buchanan Christian Church, 112 W. third St., Buchanan, MI 49107. Preparations have been entrusted to Hoven Funeral Dwelling, Buchanan, MI. To depart a web-based condolence, please go to

Posted on-line on July 15, 2022

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