John Stephen Cornwell


SALVISA, Ky. — John Stephen Cornwell, 85, of Salvisa, Kentucky, formerly of Dixon, died on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center, Wilmore, Ky. He owned and operated the Cornwell Barber Shop in Dixon for 55 years, and also served as a corrections officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections for 16 years, prior to his retirement.

Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m., at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.  Mass of Christina burial will be at 10 a.m., on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dixon, with Father Keith Romke, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, with full military honors.

Mr. Cornwell was born July 6, 1932, in Dixon, and was the son of John Hardin Cornwell and Catherine Docter Cornwell. John married Shirley Williams on May 16, 1957, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dixon. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.  John was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Harrodsburg, Ky.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shirley Cornwell; two daughters, Sandra (Tony) Wilder, of Danville, Ky., and Barbara Kargel of Lexington, Ky.; two grandchildren, Erica and Clint Wilder, of Danville, Ky.; three brothers, Philip (Evelyn) Cornwell, of Dixon, Thomas (Sue) Cornwell, of Sterling, and Robert Cornwell of New Braunfels, Texas.

John was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia; a son, Michael; a sister, Cecilia Liston; and a brother, James Bruce Cornwell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

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