August 1, 1956 – June 23, 2017


Dennis Eugene Cornwell, 60, of Dieterich, Illinois, passed away at 9:09 a.m., Friday, June 23, 2017, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois.


Funeral services celebrating the life of Dennis, will be held at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois, with Mike Knepper officiating. Visitation will be held 1 hour before the service. In loving memory of Dennis, memorials may be made to the family. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at

Dennis was born on August 1, 1956, in Jasper County, Illinois, the son of Dale and Leslie Rosina (Lester) Cornwell. He married Edith Seeley; she survives.


Dennis was a professional over the road truck driver for Hribar Transport for the past 12 years.

Dennis served his country in the United States Army. He enjoyed fishing, mushroom hunting and doing mechanic work.


Dennis is survived by his wife of 30 years, Edith Cornwell of Dieterich; children, Ashley (Jimmy) Cornwell-Baker of Effingham and Phil Cornwell of Dieterich; brothers and sisters, George (Bev) Cornwell of Batavia, Elaine Cornwell of Montrose, Lori Ponds of Walkingham, North Carolina, Kathy (Bob) Mallernee of Mattoon; Rose Dalene Lester of Wheeler, Jeanie “Wanda” Sparks of Watson, Ruby (Bob) Goode of Wheeler, and Loretta (Dale) Tolliver of Claremont.


Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Shirley Harris, Helen Marie Landes and Debbie Ellen Cornwell and a brother Donnie Cornwell.