Mark “Cornman” Cornwell died unexpectedly at his home on 11th September 2017 in Leawood Kansas at the age of 61. Mark is survived by his wife Martha and step daughter Maggie McGilley along with his three sisters Carole, Connie and Kristi and his two beloved dogs Abbie and Marley, who will miss having Mark to play with them. Mark was born on April 16, 1957 in Kirksville, Missouri to Clifton and Una Cornwell. He graduated from the University of Missouri in Columbia on a golf and thespian scholarship where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and as such was an avid fan of Mizzou football, as well as the Kansas City Chiefs football team and his beloved St. Louis Cardinal baseball team. After leaving university, Mark was a partner in the Mister Guy clothing franchise in Little Rock, Arkansas. He came to Kansas City in the late 1980s where he started a career with Sosland publishing company as the publisher of World Grain Magazine. Mark was a long-time associate of the grain and milling industry, and having spent many years with World Grain helping build a leading industry magazine he then went on to partner with Perendale Publishers in 2014 to work on the oldest publication in the milling sector, Milling and Grain magazine, along with his wife and business partner Martha. Mark was accomplished at building relationships and making friends and over the years has gained a network of friends on every continent on the planet. He was a generous and witty individual with a sense of humour that would make even the grumpy old men in a room laugh, and the character to always do the best job possible for those he served as well as being someone always willing to help people who might be struggling either personally or professionally. Mark was an icon of the grain and milling industry. A man of minimal fuss he loved his music and was passionate about fly fishing. Not wanting any fuss Mark had requested no funeral rather opting for a quiet private cremation which was carried out as per his wishes on Wednesday 13th September. However, a celebration of his life will be scheduled soon. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mark’s life. In lieu of flowers a charitable foundation will be set up in Marks name to establish a new scholarship at his local university. The family would like to thank everyone that has been so supportive from all over the world with their kind words and support.
(Published in Kansas City Star on Sept. 17, 2017).