Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 24, 2012

Glen Otis Cornell


TRAVERSE CITY — Glen Otis Cornell, 92, of Traverse City, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. Glen was born Aug. 1, 1920, in Traverse City, the son of Otis Austin and Leonetta (Youker) Cornell.

He owned Cornell Engine Rebuilders and later worked in auto parts and equipment sales. After retirement he was a gunsmith, building and repairing various guns.

Glen was a life member of the Cherryland VFW Post #2780, the NRA and Disabled American Veterans.

During World War II Glen became a disabled veteran.

He was a pilot and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gun repair.

Glen is survived by his children, Sandra Lee Metcalf, of Traverse City, Carol Cornell, of Hesperia, Glenda Hodge, of Austin, Texas, and Robert Cornell, of Kingsley; grandchildren, Richard, Kelly, Lynne, Lori, Tom, Tim, Debbie, Tina, Vicki, Holly, Lara, Tonya, Pam, Cassandra and Robert; 31 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Otis and Leonetta; wife, Marjorie F. Cornell (Eikey), who died June 6, 1995; daughter, Colleen Cornell; and granddaughter, Katrina.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Life Story Funeral Home in Traverse City, where the family will greet friends starting at 10 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Father Fred Foundation.

Please visit Glen's webpage at to sign the online guestbook and share a message or memory with his family.