Orson Cornia

Born: Sat., Oct. 23, 1926
Died: Thu., Apr. 13, 2017


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 17, 2017
Location: Woodruff LDS Ward Chapel

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Tue., Apr. 18, 2017
Location: Woodruff LDS Ward Chapel

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Orson Cornia, 90, of Woodruff, Utah passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on April 13, 2017.  He was born October 23, 1926 in Woodruff, Utah at their family home.  He was the fifth of seven children born to Orson Carter and Helen Marr Atkinson Cornia.

He graduated from South Rich High School in 1945.  After graduation, he was drafted and served two years in the Army during World War ll.  

Orson married Louisa Sundquist on February 21, 1948.  Their marriage was later solemnized in the Ogden Temple in 1973.  They were married 69 years and are the parents of 6 children.

Orson has been involved in the family ranch his entire life.  The three generation cattle and sheep operation has been his pride and joy.  He loved working with his grandfather, father and uncle, and his wife, kids, and grandkids.

When Orson returned from the military, he went to work at Wahsatch, just outside of Evanston, for Deseret Livestock.  After he was married, he went to work as a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad.  His heart was still on the ranch, so he came back and worked with his father until his death.  He purchased the ranch and has continued to work and operate it.  Throughout his life he raised sheep, cattle, horses, and many stray pets his grandkids or kids acquired.  There have been many family members and friends who worked for him from time to time.

He served in many organizations including Utah Cattleman’s Association, Agricultural Soil Conservation, Utah Woolgrowers Association, Woodruff Irrigating Company, Woodruff Stock Association, Farm Bureau, and American Legion.  He was a member of the Church of Jesus of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and was a High Priest.  In his younger days he loved to play basketball with the mutual men’s team.

Throughout his life, he loved hunting, fishing, sports, and following his kids and grandkids in rodeo, basketball, wrestling, football, and dance to the ends of the world and back.  The thing he loved the most was the sport of rodeo.  He attended the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City in 1984 and loved it.  Since 1985, he was able to go to Las Vegas, and he looked forward to it every year.  Many of those years he attended the rodeos all 10 performances.  

Orson has been the perfect husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, and friend.  He was a great example to everyone around him.  His handshake was his word.  He was well known for his honest, hard work, kindness, love, and sense of humor.

He is survived by his wife Louisa; children Barbara (Dale) Windley, Allen (Darlene) Cornia, Linda (Hardy) Downing, Lisa (Justin) Webb, Jeni (Jared) Davis, and daughter-in-law Randee Cornia; 23 grandkids; 54 great grandkids; and 4 great-great grandkids.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Glen & Hazen Cornia; sisters Marr & Chloe; son Orson Cornia; great grandchildren Carson & Carlee Herbert.

Funeral services will be held at the Woodruff LDS Ward Chapel on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 12 noon.  A viewing will be held on Monday evening from 6 to 8 pm at the church as well as from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the service.  Interment will follow at the Woodruff Cemetery.

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Michael Erickson Jr.
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017
Sending lots of positive energy to your family. I have some very great memories of Orson, I remember listening to many stories. I know he will be missed greatly both by his family and his community. Such a great man that lived a full and eventful life. I will always cherish
my memories of Orson. God speed my friend.

Carol Holmes
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017
Barbara and Dale, so sorry to hear of Orson's passing. know how much you will miss him. Carol

Myran J. Jarmon
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017
I offer my heartfelt condolences to Louisa and the Cornia family and friends of Orson. When death robs us of someone we love very much, it causes much sadness and grief. Our loving heavenly Father gives us hope at Revelations 21: 4 says: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." Isaiah 33:24 guarantees us: "And no resident will say "I am sick," ever again. May these promises from Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18) bring you comfort. None of us are guaranteed tomorrow, but we are all guaranteed a resurrection. (John 5:28, John 11:23-25) Again, the family is in my prayers and I offer my heartfelt condolences. Feel free to contact me at my email address: myranj@centurytel.net

Peggy Sainz
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by the Sainz and O'Neal family.

Our prayers are with your family. Amber you are very special to us and our hearts hurt for the sorrow you are feeling. Sending you all a big heart felt hug and know God's grace is with you,. Love to the moon and back. From your Cheyenne family the Sainz's and your Lander family the O'Neal's.

Allan J. Cornia (Grandson of Virgil and Eda Cornia of Logan, Ut)
   Posted Sat April 15, 2017
I never met Orson but was told of him by my grandfather, Virgil Cornia and Uncle Calvin Cornia.

My condolences to your Family.

Les & Margie Johnson
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017
When we moved into Woodruff almost 30 years ago Orson was one of the first residents to offer his hand in friendship. Through the years he and his family made us feel welcome in many ways. Words can not express the sorrow we feel and the respect and the friendship he shared with us. He will be missed.

Ivan Frazier
   Posted Sun April 16, 2017
I'm saddened hear of Orson's passing. He was a great friend to our family, the Fraziers.

Nathan, Gordon, and Paul Stuart
   Posted Mon April 17, 2017
Louisa and family,

We share with you the loss of a good man. A long time friend of the Earl Stuart family he was honest and very friendly and helpful. He will be missed by all but we will remember his goodness. We can rest assured that we will all meet again one day due to the sacrifice our our Jesus Christ. May the comforter support your family at this time of loss.

Jeannie and Shorty
   Posted Tue April 18, 2017
Shorty and I are so sorry for your loss, we pray that our Heavenly Father will carry you through this difficult time.

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