Richard A. “Dick” Corell

Written by Theresa Rose on June 2, 2017

Richard A. “Dick” Corell, 85, of rural Mt. Pleasant, formerly of Cedar Rapids and Sigourney, IA, died Thursday, June 01, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his family.

A funeral service for Dick Corell will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 4 at the First United Methodist Church, 309 North Main Street, Mt. Pleasant. The Reverend Deborah J. Stowers, Senior Pastor, will officiate. Burial will be at 10 AM on Monday, June 5 at the Forest Home Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant, with a graveside flag presentation conducted by the Iowa Military Funeral Honors. Friends may call from 12 Noon to 8:00 PM on Saturday, June 3 at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant. The family will be present from 4-6 PM on Saturday.

Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to the First United Methodist Church, the Lewelling Quaker House in Salem or Great River Hospice. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com

Richard Alan “Dick” Corell was born October 18, 1931 in Keota, IA. He was the son of Harold Dale and Bess (Kammer) Corell. He moved to Sigourney when he was six years old. He graduated from Sigourney High School in 1949. He matriculated to Coe College in Cedar Rapids and was conferred with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1954. It was at Coe that he met his future wife. On July 12, 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Dick was united in marriage to JoAnn Maxwell by the Rev. Dr. James C. Marlin of the First Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant.

Shortly after his college graduation, Dick was called to the service of his country. He entered the United States Army and was stationed as a Medic in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1956.

Dick and JoAnn made their home in Cedar Rapids. For many years, Dick owned and operated Corell’s Outdoor Machines Sales and Service – a small engine shop. He also worked a number of years as a salesman for Martin Brothers Restaurant Supply Co. In 1977, the couple moved to the Maxwell Family Farmstead, where Dick farmed as was a partner in Maxwell’s Market. He retired from farming in 1999, but was involved in the market until recently.

Mr. Corell was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He served on many boards and in many capacities for the church, with his favorite helping the church with its food operation during the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. Dick was a very avid outdoorsman, who loved to fish and hunt. He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasant Forever and the Southeast Iowa Skeet Club. He served as a member of the Henry County Conservation Board. While in Cedar Rapids, Dick was a Boy Scout Leader for his son’s troop.

Those thankful for sharing in Dick’s life include his wife of nearly 64 years, JoAnn of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter and her husband, Cheryl Diane & Fran Moe of Cedar Rapids; a son and his wife, Michael Maxwell & Wendy Corell of Winterset, IA; 2 sisters, Mrs. Carolyn Culver of Waterloo, IA and Ann Coleman of Berryville, AR; a brother, Jim Corell of Buffalo, WY; 3 granddaughters – Riley & Cassie Corell and Mandy Pagliai of Winterset, IA & her husband Edd of Indianola, IA, and 1 great granddaughter, Penelope Pagliai of Indianola.

His parents precede Dick in death.