Gregg L. Cornell

July 14, 1946 - January 2, 2024
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Seneca, SC 29672
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Gregg L. Cornell, 77, passed away very peacefully at home on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. His wife of 54 years, Carole, will miss him forever as will his 4 children, Stacy Carl (Curt), Brett Cornell, Mollie Engle (Jason), and Andy Cornell (Ericka). He also had 11 grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Austin Cornell (Rich), KelseaContinue Reading

Jim Lawson left a message on March 3, 2024:
Cornell Family. I met Greg my first day working @ Auto-Owners. He picked me up at my home and took me on ride to Home Office, I will never forget. It was like being in cock pit F-17 fighter jet. I was privileged to have many interactions with Greg during my time with company. He was “down to earth “ humble and had way to make you feel at ease when with him. He traveled with me as marketing representative and we shared many life experiences. Greg was best husband, dad, grandfather & friend one could ever ask for! Thank You!
Cindy Bowen left a message on January 8, 2024:
Dear Carole and family, Gregg was very influential in me getting the opportunity to step into the biggest role of my career at the Hotel. He was supportive and encouraging at a time when I really didn't know what I didn't know. My condolences and prayers. Cindy
Don & Sue Cornell left a message on January 7, 2024:
Have many fond memories of Gregg as my young cousin spending a week each summer with our grandparents helping with the dairy cows, fishing and picking fruit from our orchard. Then in 1980, buying our grandparents big farm house, which was just up the road from where my family lived, and moving there with his family when he left the Air Force. We spent many years having ball games, going to air shows and Cornell reunions, etc. Gregg was always a first class guy, excelling in what ever he did. Rest in peace, Gregg. We will miss you!!
Rick Mccaghy left a message on January 6, 2024:
Betty and I are truly sorry for your loss. I had the privilege to work for Gregg for several years. He was a good man and one of the most intelligent I have ever met but yet so humble. We once talked about how much I envied his ability to so quickly comprehend a situation or problem and identify the solution. He credited his piloting experience as a major contributor,
Anonymous left a message on January 5, 2024:
Rest in peace our friend from Haedy Church. Rich and Mary Jane Bender.
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Richard and Mary Jane Bender left a message on January 5, 2024:
Carole and Family, our hearts are deeply saddened to hear of Gregg's death. So many memories of you all when attending Hardy Church. The baseball games, the sled riding at Kensington Park, the camping out with the Church, Gregg's involvement with the high school kids at church, the get together at your house on Musson rd,, and just your friendship at all times. Gregg loved sports and his days in the Air Force we could chat about and remember. One time he asked me if I wanted to take a ride in his Cherokee airplane. What a nice jester on his part. We had a great time that day. Most of all, Gregg was a blessed friend. He was humble and compassionate all the time about anything we talked about. Thank you Gregg for being such a good friend those days we knew you the most at Hardy Church. May you rest in peace. Carole, our hearts go out to you all on your loss. May God help you find peac
Todd & Liza Sexton left a message on January 4, 2024:
Sad to hear the news that Gregg passed away. While I haven’t seen him in a very long time, I have fond memories of Gregg and his family from my childhood. Gregg was always so kind and welcoming. He narrated our recording we use every year for our church’s Live Nativity production so we still get to hear his calming voice. Blessings and condolences to the entire Cornell family.
EILEEN FHANER left a message on January 4, 2024:
Dear Cornell Family - I am so saddened to hear of Gregg's passing. I met Gregg at Auto-Owners Insurance Company, and in 1991 he became my boss and my mentor. It may have been one of his most challenging roles! He was polished, intelligent, organized, a little reserved and quite serious; most of the time. I was rough around the edges, and agree now that I needed his guidance. During our 12 years I may have given him a few extra gray hairs; I also helped him see things from the perspective of our front-line team in the financial division. I am more polished, a better communicator and more organized because of his leadership. I learned of Gregg's decision to retire from Auto-Owners in 2003 at the same time I was promoted to SVP. I remember telling him thanks for the promotion, but I wasn't ready for him to retire; there was more I wanted to learn from him. He was truly a great leader in so many ways. God Bless.
Linda & Walter Zents left a message on January 4, 2024:
So sad to hear of Gregg’s passing. So many great memories with your family. Prayers for peace and comfort to your family during this difficult time. Would love to connect when the time is right. Love - Linda & Walt Zents
Nadra Wilkie left a message on January 4, 2024:
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Todd Lorenz left a message on January 4, 2024:
Dear Cornell Family, I was truly saddened to hear about Gregg's passing want you to know that I'm so sorry for your loss. This must be such a hard time for all of you, but I wanted to let you know that I spent over an hour telling Gregg Cornell stories to my wife and boys last night. It's amazing just to think about what an incredible person he was and how much little things and moments get remembered. I still remember him playing basketball in the barn and knocking down shot after shot and being unstoppable from the outside. I remember him schooling us in racquetball and playing a mean shortstop on the church softball team. I remember him taking us to that hotel in Lansing for Andy's birthdays. Thinking back on it now, you really must be someone truly special to put up with a bunch of sixth-grade boys at a hotel overnight. I remember him being irate over the phone bill and asking Molly how she could talk possibly talk on the phone for that long. I remember him telling Brett, Andy & I to not eat all the pickles in one sitting and us for whatever reason thinking that was hilarious. I remember when Andy was doing a report on the JFK assassination and him telling Andy, "I'm firmly convinced that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone." I remember him playing his flight simulator while we waited to get on the Nintendo and of course I remember him playing Karnov... Andy can explain that one better! I think back to the clocks he built and then remember just being floored when I found out he was building a plane in the garage and more floored when he finished it! Most of all though I just remember how much I admired and respected him. He loved you all so much and I hope you all know that he made the world a better place and I consider myself extremely lucky to have known someone so incredible.
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Burt Process Equipment left a message on January 4, 2024:
We are very sorry for your loss. Sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
Reagan, Brian, Lauren, Sarah left a message on January 4, 2024:
Cornell Family, we are sending our condolences, thoughts and prayers to your family through this difficult time.
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Reagan G., Brian C., Lauren D., Sarah O. left a message on January 4, 2024:
Cornell Family, we’re sending prayers and our condolences as you go through this difficult time. We hope you can find peace and cherish the wonderful memories you all had together.
Col.John & Kathy Tagnesi left a message on January 4, 2024:
Rest in Peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father 🙏
Cathie and Jim Carpenter left a message on January 4, 2024:
Our condolences to you all. We have fond memories of Gregg and all of you. May Peace be with you as the loss process evolves.
Deena Carpenter Green left a message on January 4, 2024:
Cornell Family - my thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of your dad/husband. So many fond memories of your dad and all of you! I hope you are comforted in the knowing that you will all be reunited again and that you can treasure your memories. Peace and love to you all.
Brent & Sherri Nutting left a message on January 4, 2024:
Andy and Ericka, Our deepest condolences to your family.
David Pierce left a message on January 4, 2024:
I worked in the Investment Department at Auto-Owners while Gregg was our SVP. What a great man, I always had the utmost respect for him. He seemed to always have a great attitude and I always felt good talking to him. He called me last summer about something on the Auto-Owners' financial statements. I hadn't talked to him for a few years and it was such a pleasant surprise to get the call. One of the great ones for sure!! I'm so sorry for your loss but you gained so much having him in your life.
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Bill McMillin left a message on January 4, 2024:
My prayers to the family. I had the privilege and honor of working with and for him for several years. I consider him a mentor that made me a better leader and person. He helped me to learn, grow and advance. I will always be grateful for him and his example. He was a blessing to me and the company. May God bless and give you comfort and strength.
Lindsey Brandt left a message on January 3, 2024:
My favorite memory of Uncle Gregg and our entire Cornell family is coming to the farm house as a little girl. I loved everything about that house! I can close my eyes and remember every detail. Uncle Gregg would show me all around; the animals, ride the tractor pick the apples, I could look out the windows of that kitchen and imagine the whole world was an adventure. A California girl in heaven on the farm. And let’s not forget about the laundry shoot! Ha As a child going back there and seeing how much love excitement and history lived in that house it will always so special. I loved the farm and will always think of Gregg with loving memories there.
Jessy Nehro left a message on January 3, 2024:
Thinking of all of you and sending much love. So many great memories of you all. Mr. Cornell was always so kind and always did the right thing. I remember his wood working shop in the basement at the house on Musson Road and he made the nativity scenes that Mollie and I would help sell sometimes at the craft shows. I remember Mr. Cornell also being a great water skier up at the cottage in Tawas. Great man. Love you all. Jessy xo
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