Verle Eldon Cornish


Verle Eldon Cornish, 69, an Independence resident, passed away from cancer on February 19, 2011 at Kansas City Hospice House in Kansas City, Missouri.

Mr. Cornish was born August 26, 1941 in Macklin, Saskatchewan, Canada.  In 1948 his family immigrated to Kansas City where he lived until he attended Graceland College in Iowa and earned an A.A. degree.  He married Sally Neill while attending Central Missouri State College where he earned a B.S.E.  They moved to Pennsylvania where he worked as research chemist and added an M.S. in Chemistry at Lehigh University.  From 1977-1996 the Cornish family lived in Houston, Texas.  Most recently Mr. Cornish was an Industrial Hygienist for UMKC.  Throughout his life, Mr. Cornish made time to share his love of Christ.  This took him across the United States and to Africa and Australia.  At the time of his death, he was an Evangelist Patriarch in the Restoration Church of Jesus Christ. 

Mr. Cornish was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Violet and his sister Virginia.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, their daughters Sarah and Rebecca, son Peter (Erin Smith), and their children Eli and Millie; his sisters Valdeen Cornish Wooton and Verna Cornish; brother Vaughn Cornish (Kathleen Hearn); sister-in-law Judi (Neill) Gizelbach (Ed), brother-in-law Richard Neill (Robin Burt), and numerous nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at Waldo Avenue Restoration Branch 819 West Waldo Avenue, Independence, Missouri 64050 on March 5, 2011 at 1:00PM.  Memorial contributions may be made to Center Place Restoration School at the above address. 


  1. Jeff Johnson on February 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Sally & Family,

    We recently learned of your loss from the McClungs. Verle and your loving family supported and helped us grow during many trials in our younger years. We are quite appreciative and will continue to remember your love all of our days. May God continue to bless you and your extended families.

    Jeff, Tammy, Michelle & Melissa

  2. Beth Jackson von Gemmingen and Jorel Jackson on March 15, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Sally and Family,

    I was only recently informed of Verle’s Death. My memories of him is that he was the kindest of men and a wonderful uncle. Jorel and I are sorry for this loss. May God bless you and all the family members affected.

    Our love to everyone.

  3. Ellen & Ellie Love on March 5, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Sally, we are so sorry for your loss & will pray for you to help ease your pain. We know that you know your husband is now free of pain & illness and he is at peace with his Creator & God. Hold on to that knowledge as it will give you a great deal of inner peace. Ellie & I have enough faith to hold you up for as long as you need; especially Little Ellie. Your husband will always be remembered as an important part of Ellie’s life because he shared a message with her from God on the day of her baptism. God be with you & may His love & ours sustain you. Ellie will give you hugs often and I know they will take the pain away if for just a little while. God bless you and all of your wonderful family.
    Stan, Ellen & Ellie Love

  4. Kathi King on February 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Rebecca and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is very difficult to lose a parent. You will have many fond memories to recreate and revisit in your mind. Cherish them and save them. You are and have been in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  5. Debbie Buettner on February 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Sally, Sarah, Rebecca, and Peter: I am so sorry to learn of Verl’s death. He was a terrific man who I so enjoyed visiting with throughout the years. I know how much you all will miss him. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to each of you~Debbie Buettner

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