GLASGOW – Longtime Glasgow-area rancher Lynn Cornwell, 56, of Glasgow, died from an aortic aneurysm Thursday at a Glasgow hospital.
A vigil service is 7 p.m. Monday at First Lutheran Church in Glasgow. His funeral is 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cornwell Ranch west of Glasgow, with burial in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary of Glasgow is handling arrangements.
Ward “Lynn” Cornwell was born with his twin brother, Lee, in Glasgow, on Aug. 15, 1951, the son of Bill and Ann Cornwell. Being born into a life that he loved and would have chosen for himself was a blessing for Lynn. His devotion to ranching and the livestock industry was truly unique and a passion that came from within. Lynn’s impact on his family, the community and the entire livestock industry has been immense.
Lynn attended grade school at the Tampico School and graduated from Glasgow High School in 1969. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Ag Business from Montana State University. In 1971, he married Debby Thompson and they raised their family on the ranch on Buggy Creek. He endowed his family with a respect and love for the lifestyle of the land. Lynn and Debby have four children, sons Cody (Juli) Cornwell and Kirk (Britney) Cornwell of the family ranch in Glasgow, and daughters Michelle (Chad) Hoover of Whitehall, and Jamie (Eric) Hafenfeld of Weldon, Calif. Lynn was so proud of his eight grandsons, Dallen and Dane Hoover, Jake Newton, Jack and Charlie Cornwell, Agustus Hafenfeld and Kolt and Klay Cornwell. He also is survived by his two brothers, Clay Cornwell, and Lee Cornwell and his wife, Madylon, and their children, Stuart and Audra of Glasgow.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the Elks Lodge. He served as a Valley Electric Cooperative Board member for more than 30 years and was a director of the Valley Livestock Association. Lynn was honored with the Jaycee’s Outstanding Young Farmer, Friend of the FFA, and the Glasgow Area Chamber of Commerce Del Strommen awards.
He was a member of the Montana Public Lands Council, serving as chairman and delegate to the National Public Lands Council. He was the NCBA Federal Lands chairman, the Association of State Grazing Districts chairman, and a member of the Montana Woolgrowers Association, the National Woolgrowers Association and the Montana Stockgrowers Association. He served on the board of directors of the Montana Stockgrowers Association from 1988 to 1992 and then as MSGA president from 1996-1998. He was on the National Cattlemen’s Association Board of Directors, then moved through the chairs and served as NCBA’s president in 2001.
There were no strangers in Lynn’s life; if he didn’t know you, he soon would. Lynn never forgot a name, and always had time for a visit or to tell a story. He was a leader in the livestock industry, and will leave a legacy of so much to so many.
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Great Falls Tribune