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Cornwell, Dean Blaesi1951

D.O.D 04/21/2013 -

Death of Dean Blaesi Cornwell, former missionary to the Democratic Republic of Congo
April 29, 2013

August 14, 1928 April 21, 2013

Global Ministries was saddened to learn of the death of Dean Cornwell, former missionary to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Dean Cornwell was born in North Platte, Nebraska, August 14, 1928, to Bertha and Frank Cornwell, the first of four children, his siblings being a brother Wesley and sisters Carol and Phyllis. He graduated from North Platte High School, then attended Phillips University, where he met his future wife, Sarah Lydia Weaver. At Phillips they they began training for the mission field with the United Christian Missionary Society, a predecessor mission body of Global Ministries. Dean received his Master of Divinity degree in 1955 and was ordained as a Minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was a Timothy of the First Christian Church of North Platte.

After Phillips, Dean and Sarah spent a year at Yale School of Missions in Hartford, Connecticut, and then a year in Brussels, Belgium, studying the French language, in preparation to being missionaries in what today is the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were missionaries from 1957 to 1965, being stationed in Monieka, Congo, for additional language training; Coquilhatville (now Mbandaka) Congo, 1958 to 1960; one year home in the U.S. at North Platte, for furlough; then 1961 to 1964 in Bolenge, which is a mission station outside of Mbandaka. After one year home in 1965 in the United States, during which time Dean did deputation work, Dean and Sarah decided to conclude their missionary service.

Dean Cornwell died on Sunday, April 21, 2013. Dean and Sarah had five children: Steven Wayne, Susan Diane, Thomas Alan, Karen Leigh, and Wesley Paul. Sarah died in 1997. Dean is survived by three children: Steven, Karen, and Wes, and his loving companion, Mary Jackson.