Saturday, July 8, 2017

Raymond C. Cornelius

Scio, NY - Raymond C. Cornelius, 82, of 4849 Wadsworth Hill Road, died on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at his home. He was born March 23, 1935 in Wellsville, the son of Reginald B. and Charlotte (Millen) Cornelius.

Raymond was raised in the Wellsville area. He was formerly employed by Joyce Pipeline, James Dean Body Shop, and Dave Faulkner Construction. For a time owned and operated his own body shop in Scio and later retired from Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville. He was a member of the I.A.M. Moore Lodge Local 1580. He was an avid horseman, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and farming.

He is survived by one son, Reginald K. (Sharon) Cornelius of Wellsville, two daughters, Sheila Udeski of Ulysses, PA and Andrea (Wayne) Thayer of Wellsville, four stepdaughters, Betty (Leon) Chalker of Scio, Bonnie Spenser of California, Marylou (Richard) Kemp of Friendship and Joann (Dennis) White of Scio, a number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, one sister, Shirley Prevost of Woodbridge, VA, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Lelia Cornelius, a son, Michael Cornelius, a stepson, John Brown, and a brother, Leroy Cornelius.  

A private graveside service will be held at Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio on Monday, July 10, 2017. Please consider memorial donations to any charity of the donor’s choice. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Ray was a good man. One of the best I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He was honest as the day was long. Hard worker all his life. We shared our love of horses...talking for hours. I am sad to say our trail riding group has lost a very good man. I have not been able to visit Ray in the past couple years due to my health...but I have and will always carry him in my memories. Rest in peace Ray!!

  2. Sending our sincerest thoughts and prayers to all, especially JoAnne and Denny and family. Rest in Peace Ray! Judy and Rick

  3. Ray was an amazing man and a dear friend! I'm blessed to have called such a wonderful person my friend. Some of my fondest memories are the stories he told around the campfire after horseback riding. I'm sure he's enjoying Pete and all the rest of his beloved animals. Rest in peace Ray. You will truly be missed!