Vietnam veteran Larry W. Cornell will be buried Thursday in the same Hastings, Neb. cemetery where lies his son, who was killed in combat in Iraq.
Cornell, 63, formerly of Hastings, died Sunday at Golden Living Care Center in Omaha. Graveside services and burial with military rites are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings. Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home of Hastings is handling arrangements.
Cornell, who suffered from Agent Orange syndrome and had had a stroke, also had cancer and had been in hospice care in Omaha for several weeks. On Veterans Day, he received help so he could visit the grave of his son, Army Sgt. Wayne R. Cornell, who was killed at age 26 on March 20, 2007, when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Baghdad.
Larry Cornell, a native of Hastings, served two tours in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade between 1966 and 1971. He received the Bronze Star and several other medals.
After the war, Cornell spent most of his life working as an electrician in Hastings and Fairmont, Neb.
He married Patricia Christensen, and after they divorced, he wed Jeannette Jameson. They later divorced.
Cornell was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans and also belonged to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
Survivors include two daughters, JaDeen Hesman of Blue Hill, Neb., and JaNelle Gowlovech of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a daughter-in-law, Tricia Cornell of Red Cloud, Neb.; his mother, LaVonne Ward of Laguna Niguel, Calif.; and two sisters, Barbara Bell of Laguna Niguel, and Gina Thompson of Florence, Mont.
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