Friday, August 8, 2014

Msg. Duane “Dish” Cornish

Wellsville, NY - Msg. Duane “Dish” Cornish US Army Ret., 86, of 33 Cameron Street passed away on Thursday, August 7, 2014 shortly after arrival at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born April 28, 1928 in Harrison Valley, PA the son of the late Lewis G. and Caroline E. (Nye) Cornish. On July 12, 1958 in Wellsville he married Dorothy Brown who survives.

Dish was a veteran of the US Army from 1946 to 1952 and served in Korea from 1950 to 1951. He also served in the US Army Reserves from 1972 to 1988. He was a 30 year employee of Air Preheater Company. After retirement he worked for Perlator, Southern Tier Limousine Service and was a Fire Code Inspector for BOCES.  He was 40 year member of the Duke Hose Company # 1, where he had served as Captain, President, Treasurer and Trustee. He was Chief of the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department from 1981 to 1983. He was a life member of the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post 702 and the 17th Infantry Regiment Association. He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and the Trinity Lutheran Church.

He enjoyed the Scio Seniors Sunshine Club, Top to the Hill Camp Club, Pals Camping, Wellsville Grand Squares, Penny Promenaders, and Coffee with the boys at the fire hall.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Donita (Don) Linza of Wellsville and Kelly (Don) Clemons of Andover, four grandchildren, Michelle Denhoff, Donnie (Stephanie) Clemons, Jeremy (Amber) Clemons and Amy (James Burgess) Clemons, 11 great grandchildren, one sister, Lorraine (Jim) Spowart of Howe, TX as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents, by his brother, Franklin Cornish.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, (August 12, 2014) from 10:00 am to 12 noon and from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church 470 N. Main Street in Wellsville. The funeral and military honors will follow visitation at 3:00 pm in church with Rev. Robert Morris presiding. Burial will be in Stannards Cemetery. The family suggest memorial donations be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Fire Department or the Trinity Lutheran Church. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Dish always had a smile and a kind word. He was a great leader and friend to many. May God comfort the family and reassure them that where Dish is now "he won't be putting out any fires!"
    He has received his heavenly reward.

  2. Dorothy & family,my thoughts & prayers are with ALL of you at this somber time. I enjoyed knowing Dish through our many years of service in Wellsville USAR! May he now R.I.P.,job well done!