Herman J. Cornell (88) of Effingham


Published on June 30 2020 8:01 am

Herman J. Cornell, 88, of Effingham, IL, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Private family services will be held at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Effingham with military rites.

Memorials may be made to the Effingham American Legion Post 120. Online condolences may be shared by clicking here

Herman was born on June 4, 1932, in Effingham, IL, one of 14 children to Joseph and Clara (Lawrence) Cornell. He married Delores Miller on April 28, 1951, and they were together for almost 70 years.

Herman served in the Army National Guard during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany. He worked as a supervisor at John Boos and retired after 54 years. Herman enjoyed woodworking and making furniture for his family. He also liked coon hunting and telling stories. Herman was loyal to his family and loved his grandchildren and dogs.

Herman is survived by his wife, Delores Cornell of Effingham; children, Kathy (Dan) Koester of Effingham, Deb (Chuck) Wiedman of Effingham, Kenny (Susie) Cornell of Effingham, and Terri (Darryl) Cain of Mason; grandchildren, Janet (Marvin) Reed, Mark (Jolene) Fulk, David (Elizabeth) Wiedman, Kevin (Aja) Wiedman, Michael (Jill) Wiedman, Caden Wiedman, Danny (Lisa) Cornell, Robby Cornell, Julie Cornell, Doug (Dee) Grzenia, Jacob (Bianca) Cain, Greg (Clara) Koester, Cheryl (Richard) Foreman, Diana (Melissa) Koester, and Denice (Neil) Mahaffey; numerous great-grandchildren; siblings, Teresa Miller, Madonna Bushur, Verena Niemerg, and Tom (Doris) Cornell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandchild, Christie Graumenz; and siblings Gert Smith, Bernie Norman, Marie Hicks, Loretta Berchtold, George Cornell, Virgil Cornell, Richard Cornell, infant brother James, and infant sister Flossie.