Emroy Don Cornelius 1938 - 2007 Tecumseh
Berryton - Memorial services for Emroy Don Cornelius, 69, Tecumseh, will be at 10 a.m. today at Berryton United Methodist Church. Native American Church Services will be at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Longhouse on Reformatory Road in Oneida, Wis. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Sunday in Holy Apostles Episcopal Church Cemetery in Oneida, with a luncheon at the Longhouse to follow at noon.Mr. Cornelius died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2007, at his home of natural causes.He was born Jan. 19, 1938, on the Oneida Indian Reservation near Green Bay, Wis., the son of Emroy and Luella Baird Cornelius. He graduated from Seymour High School in Seymour, Wis., in 1956 and Haskell Institute, where he studied electricity, in Lawrence in 1958. He was awarded the Haskell Vocational Student of the Year award in 1958.Mr. Cornelius served in the U.S. Army National Guard and received the rank of sergeant. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 226 in Topeka, where he was a journeyman wireman and retired from IBEW. He also worked and retired from Haskell Indian Nations University, where he was an electrician. He served on the Executive Board of the IBEW 226.He was a past vestry member of the St. Philips Episcopal Church in Topeka. He served on the Haskell Indian Nations Alumni Committee. He enjoyed playing sports, especially baseball, in which he lettered in high school and at Haskell. He was a Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed making barbecue for his friends.Mr. Cornelius married Helen Josephine Sumner-Sedlacek. They divorced. She survives.Other survivors include longtime companion, Dorothy Ninham, Oneida; her children, Georgia Foolbull, Buddy, Cheryl, Geronimo and Anthony Powless, Gina Buenrostro; and her nieces, Jessica and Neecie Powless; two sons, Charles, Lawrence, and David and wife Barbara, Berryton; a daughter, Carrie Cornelius and companion Geri Mike, Red Valley, Ariz.; and two grandchildren, Sage and Tyra Cornelius.He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Decorah and Bernard Cornelius; and two sisters, Donna J. and Judy Cornelius.Friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Longhouse in Oneida. The family will receive friends after the memorial services at the church in Berryton.