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Merrill Emmons “Corney” Cornell, 93

Dan McClelland

Merrill Emmons “Corney” Cornell, 93, of Baltimore, MD and formerly Childwold, went to be with his Lord on July 20, 2019.

Born in Randolph, N.Y. on October 28, 1925, he was the youngest child of “Ned” and Emeline (Hall) Cornell.

While a student at Randolph Central School, he earned his Eagle Scout pin.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 upon graduation from High School, and served in the Pacific during WWII.

He earned a degree in electrical engineering from Clarkson University in 1950.

He married Minnie North of Conifer in 1952 and they raised their family during 52 years of marriage. His work as a switch inspector for the railroad and later as a research engineer, took him to Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland. He and Minnie eventually returned to live in the Adirondacks when he retired in 1983. Minnie preceded him in death in 2004.

He had a great appreciation for the outdoors, enjoying hiking, camping and canoeing. He was a collector of stamps and Civil war books. He served several years as a deacon of the Baptist chapel in Tupper Lake before moving to Maryland in 2008.

He is survived by three children and three grandchildren; Daughter, Janice (Jack) Barber and grandson Tom of Catonsville, Md., son, Allan (Genoah) Cornell of Seargrove, NC., son Brian (Nancy) Cornell and granddaughters Amy and Sarah of Laurel, MD.

Services were held Saturday, July 27th at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough funeral home, Pastor Rick Wilburn officiating. Burial was at Gale cemetery.