Michael "Mike" Cornell

Michael D. Cornell, 47, West Fargo, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 at Sanford Health Palliative Care Unit, Fargo after a long hard-fought battle with cancer. Mike was born August 30, 1971 in Breckenridge, Minnesota to Dave and Jody Cornell. He graduated from West Fargo High School in 1991. He started as a self-taught mechanic before transitioning into construction, working in South Dakota. He also worked for the City of Mobridge, South Dakota before moving to Casselton in 2009. He was most recently employed by Valley Plumbing. He married Tonya Laney on December 31, 2010 in Fargo. They made their home in Casselton until recently moving to West Fargo. He was an avid outdoorsman. His passion was going hunting and fishing whenever he could. Teaching his love of the outdoors to Cody created a special bond and both Mike and Tonya shared a love of the Minnesota Wild. He pursued his passion of race cars through not only racing them but helped work to fix them when needed. He amassed a large network of friends throughout his life as he pursued these adventures and will be missed my many. He is survived by his caring wife Tonya, West Fargo; children, Kaylie (Tyler Lauseng) Cornell, Sioux Falls, SD, Sierra (Nick Peters) Wessel, Selby, SD; 2 grandchildren, Elliana Zayuh Jean Emerson, Aaliyah Marie Lauseng; 1 future grandson, Xander Michael Peters; 3 step-children, Jordan (Casey Combs) Laney, Williston, ND, Allie Sprecher, Fargo, ND, Cody Sprecher, Fargo, ND; parents, Dave (Brenda) Cornell, Horace, ND, Jody (Steve) Schoenberner, Lake Traverse, MN; brother, Chad (Jennie) Cornell, Mandan, ND; sister, Lisa Cornell, Moorhead, MN and grandparents, Loretta Cornell, Fargo, ND, Mavis Bjella, Fargo, ND. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sheldon Cornell, Leon Bjella and mother-in-law, Eileen Laney. Celebration of Mike’s life: 7:00 P.M. Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo with visitation starting at 5:00 P.M. “Spread your wings and fly.”

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  1. Mike was not only a hunting buddy, but also a friend to all of us that spend time with him over the years. The boys at the Duck Shack are going to miss him and the fun we had together. I’m going to miss him staying here with us during the hunting season, lots of memories. We will never forget Kent Simonsen Duck Shack Gang Rosebud Lodge Spiritwood Lake, ND..

  2. Sincere condolences Tanya and all of Mike’s family……..too young and too soon a loss……….from Keith’s parents and Mike’s neighbors when he was growing up………..

  3. God speed Mike…. you will be sorely missed. All my prayers to your wife Children n family.

  4. Dave and family – I am sorry to hear of Mike’s passing.
    There isn’t much of my childhood summer memories that isn’t intertwined with some memory of Mike – at truck-ins & around Dilworth. I haven’t seen him in many years, but when Dad told me the news, I remembered so many things from back then. His smile, his laugh. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Tanya you have my sincere sympathy! My thoughts and prayers are with you! May
    he Rest In Peace!

  6. My thoughts and prayer’s are with you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. First and foremost my loving support to all family and friends as i pray for peace and comfort to all.

    I did not know Mike as long as many of you but to me he became an instant friend.

    I didnt have the privilege to do all the many wonderful things that many of you will cherish for ever.

    What i do have is a friend that inspired me like very few peole ever had.

    I met a man full of courage and love and strength, a man that i knew was loved by many and had the ability to touch my heart especially.

    I prayed many times for Mike and for him to keep his strength and i believe GOD answered those prayers for me.

    I bragged to many people how i knew a man who over came things that i didnt know were even possible someone who just didnt ever give up no matter what.

    Its hard to accept that mike is now gone from this earth and im sure alot harder for those closer to Mike then i was but i know Mike is in heaven where no man woman or child will ever see pain and suffering again only peace and happiness and eternal life. And on earth we can all hold dear to our hearts a man that will forever have a smile and a soft spot in our hearts for me always inspiration.


  8. Dear Tonya,

    I am so happy that I met you in March at your Dad’s birthday party. We were talking about you recently and I told Jerry that I could just tell that you are a wonderful person and are everything good! You have our deepest sympathy during this sad time. Let the happy memories sustain you and be good to you!
    Uncle Jerry and Kathryn

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