March 29, 1928 - June 11, 2021
Lowell Jewel Cornish was born in Dodgeville, WI on March 29, 1928, and departed this life on June 11, 2021, in Monterey, CA. He requested that no public service be held for him, so the family had a private gathering. Lowell's parents were Thomas James Cornish and Bernice Irene Jewel, but his mother died early and he was raised by his sister Alice who died just the week before Lowell. His older brother Darrell had passed before that.
Lowell joined the Merchant Marines, the Coast Guard and Army several times in the late '40s but was ejected for lying about his age. He said he just wanted to leave the dairy farm because he hated milking cows. When he finally came of age, the Army shipped him to Yokohama, Japan after the war was over. There he met Tsuyako Kimura who had Japanese typing skills much needed by the Army to manage occupied Japan. They were married Jan. 16, 1951, and moved to Fort Ord, CA.
Lowell was a career Army soldier having served overseas in Japan, Korea (twice), Germany, and Libya. His area of expertise was Mechanics and then Supply. In the US, he was stationed at Fort Ord, CA; in Alaska; Camp Leroy Johnson in New Orleans, Ft. Polk near DeRidder, LA. He rose to the rank of Master Sargeant. To augment his small salary, he created odd businesses including weekly TV rentals in 1957/58 with small portable models, back when TV was a novelty. Growing up on the farm, he especially enjoyed gardening; raising his sons to acquire a taste for his radishes. He planted everything and at one time had a greenhouse. His flower garden survives him as well. He was a great fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Braves. He was very disappointed when the Braves left for Atlanta.
After retirement, he worked in the PX system in Great Falls, MT. After that, he and Tsuyako returned to their first home in the US, the Monterey Bay Area in Seaside and finally, Castroville. In retirement, he worked various jobs including with a Salinas law firm and Enterprise Rent-a-Car, as a driver to redistribute vehicles. He and other drivers regularly met for coffee and comradery at McDonald's.
He enjoyed doing puzzles and reading, which kept him sharp in his later years. He was a great bowler and encouraged it as a family sport. He brought home petrified wood from the Libya desert helping to put his son, Frank on the road to become a geologist. As a Grandfather, he attended every game or event of his son Jerry's children in California; Blake, Bryce and Ciara. He is fondly remembered by Frank's out-of-state children, Dante and Darian. He was a constant comfort and caregiver to Tsuyako when she had health difficulties. He always tried to make people laugh, helped all his neighbors and did the right things. He was loved by everyone.
He is survived by his wife Tsuyako of 70 years and his two sons; Frank and Jerry and their five children; Dante, Darian, Blake, Bryce and Ciara, and 5 great-grandchildren; Maya, Kai, Arthur, Rylan, and Kasen. View the online memorial for Lowell Cornish
Published by Monterey Herald Obits on Aug. 1, 2021.