William "Bill" J. Cornell, 77, passed away in his home in Oak View, Calif., January 4, 2013, after a long illness.
Born in Clinton County, Mich., August 28, 1935, Bill grew up in St. Johns and after serving in the U.S. Navy relocated to Ventura County. Working first as a heavy equipment operator and mechanic, Bill then returned to work for the U.S. Navy and spent over 30 years as a civil employee with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Port Hueneme, Calif., retiring in 1994 as Program Manager, Construction Equipment in the Civil Engineer Support Office.
His family and friends were the focus of his life and always came first. A 1981 graduate of Ventura College, he valued education and never stopped learning. His interests were wide and varied. From NASCAR, motorcycles and tractors, to astronomy, gardening and food, Bill loved sharing his knowledge and was always ready to lend a helping hand to family and friends. No one ever left his presence empty-handed. A much-loved father, grandfather, uncle and brother, Bill was a true and constant friend to all in his community and will be deeply missed.
Bill leaves behind his three children, Alexis Cornell (Lorraine Baucher), Amy Thomas (Timothy Parnell), and Sean (Diane Billett) Cornell; and four grandchildren, Seth, Tessa, Aidan and Serena. He is survived by brothers, James (Geneva), Harry (Dee), and Bruce (Dorothy) Cornell; and many much loved nieces and nephews. His parents, Glenn and Doris (Crowner) Cornell; brothers, Keith and George; and his sister, Jean preceded him in death.
At his request, no formal services were held. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home and Crematory, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at TedMayrFuneralHome.com.