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Andrew Cornelius

1980 - 2013 | Obituary | Condolences
Andrew Cornelius Obituary
Andrew David Cornelius

October 25, 1980 - September 13, 2013

Andrew David Cornelius was born in Hayward, California. He grew up in California with his parents and sister. He attended Riverside Elementary School in San Pablo, California. When he was 8 years old, the Cornelius family moved to Salem, Oregon. His parents chose Salem because it was a wonderful place to raise a family. Andrew attended Judson Middle School and Sprague High School.

Growing up, Andrew always loved learning about and playing with computers and video games. He was the family "tech guy." His hobbies included watching NASCAR, and Formula 1 Racing. He loved riding roller coasters—he liked to go fast! He also loved sports. A family vacation tradition was going to Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm. He enjoyed when the family went to Great America and Six Flags Magic Mountain because of the huge roller coasters.

Andrew was so happy to go to college—it was a dream come true. He loved getting to attend George Fox University and wanted to make his family proud. He loved his family very much and they meant the world to him. Andrew loved hearing his dad preach sermons—they inspired him. One Mother's Day, Andrew dressed up in a full suit and tie and showed up to church to honor his mother.

Andrew was very good at impressions and enjoyed making his family laugh. He had a good sense of humor. Another way that Andrew showed his family his love was at Christmas time. Andrew absolutely loved Christmas more than anything. He would decorate his room with Christmas lights starting in October just to get ready for the holidays. The Lord gave Andrew a tender heart and he loved to give. His sweet spirit towards his family was always apparent. Andrew always placed his thoughts on the Lord, just like his dad.

Andrew passed on into heaven to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on September 13, 2013. His remaining family includes his father, David Cornelius, his mother, Julie Cornelius, his sister, Angela (Cornelius) Rickey, and all of his extended family who love him.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Sept. 19, 2013
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