Madison: John Henry Cornelison, age 58, of Madison, died at his home in Madison on October 25, 2012 as a result of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) brought on by decades of cigarette smoking. His health had been declining for some years from this cause, and he received much kind assistance from the caregivers at the Dean Clinic on Fish Hatchery Road, and St. Mary’s Hospital of Madison.
John Henry Cornelison was born in Toledo, Ohio on July 10, 1954, the older son of Henry Frederick Cornelison and Gloria Joyce Halteman Cornelison. They provided an example of honesty, thrift, and lasting friendships that served John well all his life. His father took him to several Detroit Tigers games as a child, sparking a love of baseball in general and the Tigers in particular.
The family moved to Madison, WI in 1968. John went to James Madison Memorial High School, where he made a life-long friend in Douglas Doehlert, and graduated in 1972. John attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and lived there for many years, working as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service. He returned to Madison in the 1990’s, still working for the Postal Service. Here he made many new friends, some of them shared his love of baseball, and they would tour the country, visiting major and minor league ballparks.
John also enjoyed the outdoors, going hunting and fishing with friends near Chetek, and Richland Center. His interests varied widely, and included making ceramics and cooking. One of his lifelong favorite books was Richard Brautigan’s “A Confederate General from Big Sur”.
He will be sorely missed by his friends, and his brother, Roger of Milwaukee.
A visitation will be held from 3–7 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, 2012 at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road. His remains will be interred in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.