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John O. Cornelius

Iowa City

John O. Cornelius, 85, of Iowa City, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Iowa City, where a time of fellowship will follow. Memorials in John's memory may be directed to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Shriners Hospitals for Children through the Davenport temple or an organization of your preference. Online condolences may be shared with his family at www.gayandciha.com.
John Oscar Cornelius was born Feb. 6, 1932, in Little Rock, Ark., the son of Oscar and Blanche (Holm) Cornelius. After high school, he attended the University of Minnesota before taking a job with GMAC, which would become his lifelong career. John retired from there in 1992, and went on to work part time until 2006 at ACT.
John married Claudia Cook on March 9, 1957, in Minneapolis, Minn. They moved to Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and then settled in Iowa City in 1964. He had been a 50-plus-year member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, a 50-year Mason, a Kiwanis charter member and a member of the KAABA Shriners of Davenport. He enjoyed parading with the Iowa City Camel Wheels on the three-wheel ATVs.
John was a Christian and a family man. He enjoyed traveling, especially visiting national parks with his family. He was proud to be 100 percent Norwegian, and enjoyed serving his community through many organizations.
His family includes his wife, Claudia; daughters, Lynda Goplerud of Waukee, Iowa, and Brenda Prinzavalli (Brian) of Henderson, Nev.; and grandchildren, Morgan Potzner (Travis) and Jonathan "Beck" Goplerud.
John was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Charles and Earl Cornelius.