John Cornelius, 42, passed away unexpectedly at his residence in Vacaville, Calif., on May 26, 2012.
John was born June 14, 1969, in Owatonna, to Kivden and Sharon Cornelius. He lived in Owatonna until 1985, when he moved to Mantorville. He graduated from Kasson-Mantorville High School in 1987, where he participated in football and wrestling, as well as making many great friends during his time there. After graduation, John enlisted in the Navy for six years, training as a hospital corpsman. He spent several years attached to the Marine Corps in Beaufort, S.C., later transferring to the naval hospital in Vallejo, Calif. After being discharged from the Navy, John worked at Sutter Solano Medical Center for nearly 20 years as a radiology imaging technician and lead ultrasonographer.
John was an accomplished target shooter and competed as a member of a small bore rifle team in Owatonna. He later used these skills to qualify and become a member of a Marine Corps shooting team. John was also an avid outdoorsman; trapping and hunting with his father, duck hunting in the salt marshes of California with his friends and fishing with his kids.
John married Anna Fitzgerald in September of 2004 and they later divorced. John was a doting father and loved his children more than life itself.
John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Carl and Marcella Carlson of Owatonna and his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Cornelius of Medford.
He is survived by his children, daughter, Ciarra, 8; son, Kodi, 6; and step-son, Keldon, 13. Also surviving are his parents, Kivden (Linda) Cornelius of Eyota and Sharon (Robert) Cashman of New Market; his sister, Heather (Tom) Stutz of Rosemount; step-sister, Christine (Dan) Wenstrom of Randolph; step-brother, Aaron Carlson of St. Charles; and paternal grandfather, Verlyn (Lorraine) Cornelius of Owatonna. Also surviving him are many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, all of who will miss him greatly.
A memorial service will be held July 12 at the VFW post, 135 Oakdale St., in Owatonna, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All who knew and loved John are invited to join in a celebration of his Life.