Ronald Dean Cornwell

1952 - 2019

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Ronald Dean Cornwell, 66, of rural Arlington, passed away on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Bridge Hospice Care Center. Ronald was born on May 26, 1952 in Bluffton to Willard and Wanita (Geiger) Cornwell. He married Catherine Hocanson and they later divorced. Ron is survived by his mother of rural Mt Blanchard; son, Eric J. (Kelly) Cornwell of Arlington; daughter, Jessica L (Patrick) Beck of Wharton; grandchildren: Jackson W. Cornwell, Garrett J. Cornwell, and one on the way in April; and brother, Dale A. (significant other, Kay Tellez) Cornwell of Arlington. Ron was preceded in death by his father. Ronald was a drainage contractor for over 40 years, working with his father at Cornwell & Sons, Inc. He was a 1970 graduate of Riverdale High School and a 1974 graduate of Tiffin University, where he earned his Bachelor of Commercial Science and member of the Phi Theta Pi Fraternity and the Tiffin Alumni. But what Ron loved most was spending time with his family and church friends. Ronald was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church where he served on the Finance Committee. He was the past Executive Director of the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association, Fiscal Officer for Jackson Township, Hancock County, Secretary for the Blanchard Valley Farmers’ Co-op Board of Directors, Supervisor for the Hancock County Soil & Water Conservation District, and Treasurer for the Hancock County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Soil & Water Conservation Society. Ronald loved flying, G-scale model trains, farming, relaxing in the pool, and just being outside. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Findlay. Pastor Dan Metzger will officiate and burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Mt Blanchard. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 18 from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay. Memorial Donations may be made to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Friday, January 18th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM

  • Funeral Service:

    Saturday, January 19th 2019 - 10:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    St. Mark's United Methodist Church [Map]
    800 S Main St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Riverview Addition - Krout Cemetery Assoc. [Map]
    North of Mt. Blanchard on SR 37
    Mt. Blanchard, Ohio

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Condolences For Ronald Dean Cornwell

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To : Wanita and family
Date :Wednesday, January 16th 2019
From : Brad and Susan Wolford
Our hearts are heavy and you all are in our prayers. Ron was such a fine gentleman involved in so many worthy pursuits. Rest peacefully and pain free, Ron. 🙏🙏🙏

To : Family of Ron Cornwell
Date :Wednesday, January 16th 2019
From : Anthony Serluco
Ron and I were fraternity brothers of Phi Theta Pi at Tiffin University. We traveled to many events together. He will be sadly missed. My deepest sympathy to his mother and his entire family. May he rest in peace.

To : The Family
Date :Wednesday, January 16th 2019
From : Joyce Paul Weaver
Our sincere prayers to the entire family. Ron was a fantastic person that will be missed by many. He was a dedicated Lifetime member of the Phi Theta Pi Fraternity. He was very active during his school days serving in many offices and serving as our Chapter President in his Senior year. He was a great person as well as great student. He was also very active in our Alumni Chapter right up to and including when his health issues started. Ever so positive at all times! God has now called him home as he most surely has needs for Ron's help. Our loss is Heaven's Gain and we all need to hold on to that thought knowing that Ron is in a better place.

To : The Cornwell Family
Date :Wednesday, January 16th 2019
From : Dan Pat Ritter
Our thoughts and prayers are with Ron's family. I first met Ron when I joined Phi Theta Pi at Tiffin University and was always impressed by his positive attitude and his willingness to help others. He will be missed by his family, friends and those he met while involved with numerous organizations and his church.

To : Jessica Pat family
Date :Thursday, January 17th 2019
From : Kris Samantha Gosche
You are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. Very sorry for your loss.

To : The Cornwell Family
Date :Thursday, January 17th 2019
From : Mike and Pam Conley
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Here's to all the fun and educational experiences on the farm, in the trench, and in the plane. Rest in peace and Godspeed Ron

To : Eric Cornwell
Date :Thursday, January 17th 2019
From : Barbara Huth
I am very sorry for your loss. Hopefully are able to take comfort knowing your father is at peace. Wonderful memories of our loved ones continue with us forever. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

To : The Cornwell Family
Date :Thursday, January 17th 2019
From : Rick and Tina Stacy Family
Where would I ever be today without your help Ron. Words cannot describe my sympathy for your loss. Now Ron can get back up on that plow and hit the million feet mark. He can also fly the Beech Sierra he'd always wanted. Fly high and fast Ron. We'll all go flying together again someday. RIP

To : Eric and Jessica
Date :Thursday, January 17th 2019
From : Susan Myers
So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this time. We went to Riverdale together and he was such a nice guy and a sweetheart. Your father will certainly be missed by many folks. RIP Ron.

To : ronald d cornwell and family
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : mary l jacques
to the famaily of ronald d. cornwell . I sorry to here about ronald d.conwell,passing away. I went to rivdale high and graduate in 1969.
and i also wharton grade school. I live with grandpantants i am gledlys water & also later went to faster homes. my address is 315 N. blanchard st.findlay,ohio 45840 i left my daughter mary alice hobbs. send this note she tapes better then i do. ha! ha! mary lou jacques then my older daughter lives in ND diane and family parke lydick

To : Eric and Family
Date :Thursday, January 17th 2019
From : Andrea Cyrus Merchant
Eric, I am so sorry for your loss, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers.

To : Jessica Family
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Brent Jill Danielle Badertscher
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

To : The Cornwell Family
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Diane Hamilton Fuess
It was truly a pleasure to have Ron as my classmate for 12 years. He was a friend and basically our teacher in our business class at Riverdale. All of us would have been lost without him. We lost one of the good guys. RIP Ron

To : Jessica Beck
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Erica Rayle
So sorry for your loss. Praying for strength and comfort for you and the entire family during this difficult time.

To : Wanita Dale Cornwell and families
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Sue Alan Amstutz
So very sorry for your loss. Ron always keep such a positive attitude, never giving up hope. This was so much like the Ron I grew up with, getting in trouble with and pestering Dale!
He was successful in his career and a wonderful father, son and brother. He will be missed, but I’m sure watching everyone from heaven.
Rest In Peace to a great cousin and friend,
Sue Ann & Alan

To : Cornwell Family
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Hancock SWCD supervisors staff
The Hancock Soil & Water Conservation District supervisors and staff send our sympathy to the family of Ron Cornwell.
Ron served as a supervisor from 2006-2014 for Hancock SWCD. Ron was always willing to give his time and knowledge to promote the conservation of our natural resources. He was always willing to assist with workshops, farm tours, pond clinics and the fair! Ron could always be counted on for valuable advice and ideas. Ron will be deeply missed by all those who were privileged to meet him.

To : Cornwell Family
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Jim Anita Musgrave
Eric, Kelly & Family,

So sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. We are praying for you & your family.

To : The Cornwell Family
Date :Friday, January 18th 2019
From : Chad Siesbuttel Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

To : Eric and jesa
Date :Saturday, January 19th 2019
From : The Phi
Phi legend.taught me education is the key. Serluco, foos, ritter, weiler and cornwell are our standard in role models. Rest in peace big brother.

To : Jessica Beck and family
Date :Saturday, January 19th 2019
From : Linda Strahm
Jessica and family,
I am so sorry to learn of your father’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Your dad sure loved you and you sure blessed him. He is now with Jesus. What a great day.

To : The Cornwell Family
Date :Saturday, January 19th 2019
From : Susan Roger King
Our deepest sympathies to you all.

To : The Family
Date :Saturday, January 19th 2019
From : Andrew and Beth Solt
You have our condolence and it was a pleasure to have worked with you.

To : Jessica Beck
Date :Friday, January 25th 2019
From : Kathy Copus
Jessica~~You remain in my heart through these difficult days. May you be comforted with wonderful memories and the knowledge that you were responsible for many of your Dad’s most wonderful memories. Hugs, my friend. You are in my prayers for peace.