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Bernard Cornthwaite

Birth Date: March 15, 1932
Death Date: March 10, 2017

Bernard Dean Cornthwaite, 84, of Macon passed away on Friday March 10, 2017 in his home.
Dean was born on March 15, 1932 in Decatur the son of Bernard I. and Viola (Wentz) Cornthwaite. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army and was a retired Carpenter Local #742. He was also a member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. He enjoyed dancing both ball room and square dancing. He also enjoyed woodworking and was a master model maker. He married Jacqueline Krekel on March 17, 1951 in Decatur.
Surviving are his wife Jackie; son, Mark Cornthwaite (Marcia) of Clinton; daughter, Lynette Puckett (Joseph) of Moweaqua; grandchildren, Benjamin Cornthwaite (Carolynne) of Harrisburg, PA; Amy Roehrig (Eric) of Heyworth; Nicole Normington of Lexington, KY; Jeremy Puckett of Moweaqua; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Richard Cornthwaite, and sister, Margie Workman.
The family would like to thank St. John’s Hospice especially, Bethany for all their care of Dean.
Service to celebrate Dean’s life will be at 10 AM Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Decatur. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in the church. Burial will be in Macon County Memorial Park with military honors conducted by the Macon County Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to St. John’s Hospice or Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church building fund.
The family of Bernard Dean Cornthwaite is being served by Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Avenue, Decatur, IL 62526. Send condolences to the family at

Video Tribute for Bernard D. Cornthwaite:

March 14, 2017
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Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
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Celebration Of Life Funeral Ceremony
March 15, 2017
10:00 am
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church
2055 S. Franklin Decatur, IL 62521
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  1. We are Heart Broken over the loss of Uncle Dean. Our Hearts and Prayers go out to All the Family and Friends. We will sure miss him.

  2. Jackie,Mark and Lynette. So sorry about Dean. He was a wonderful man. Everytime I hear about dancing I always think of you both. Much love and prayers.

  3. I will miss you Uncle Dean. You and Aunt Jackie have always been there for me. I have so many good memories of our entire Cornthwaite family growing up.

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