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Frederick Vance Kornis, 83, of Pleasant Hill, Missouri passed into the presence of God on Monday, March 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. fully surrounded by love and his family. He was born on October 24, 1931, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of George Arthur and Mary Belle (Capell) Kornis. In 1949 he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Bass in Kansas City, Missouri and from this union was born unto him three sons, they later divorced. As a single parent in the 1960's Fred raised his sons on his own with the help of God and with the love and support from his brothers and sisters. On October 26, 1991, he was united in marriage to Margaret Mary (Knipp) Bowlin and has spent the past 24 years enjoying each other's company and companionship.
Fred was a member of the IBEW Local Union #124 for over 40 years as a stockman driver and assisted in completing many projects including the Callaway Nuclear Power Plant near Fulton, Missouri. He was known for his wit and humorous character, he was always the prankster. He was a great man who worked hard all of his life. He was a deeply honest and thankful person. One of his many passions was gardening, planting tomatoes and working the earth was something he looked forward to every spring and summer. He also enjoyed working with wood and making many projects for his children and grandchildren.
Fred was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Rosalie Grabb, Norma Bagley, and Bertha Shugart.
He is survived by his wife Margaret of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; three sons, Fred (and Barbara) Kornis, Jr. of Merriam, Kansas, Martin (and Virginia) Kornis of Belton, Missouri and Ben (and Kathleen) Kornis of Higginsville, Missouri; one step-daughter, Melody (and Jack) DeKeyser of Emigrant, Montana; seven grandchildren, Summer Givens of Edwardsville, Kansas, Jeremy (and Jan) Kornis of Shawnee, Kansas, Faith (and Neil) Bilyeu of Shawnee, Kansas, Vanessa (and Glenn) Winkler of Kansas City, Missouri, Lissa (and Arthur) Szmey of Carmichael, California, Laura (and Scott) Long of Harrisonville, Missouri and George Kornis of Higginsville, Missouri; two brothers, George (and Anastasia) Kornis of Kansas City, Kansas, and John (and Jessie) Kornis of Concordia, Missouri; one sister, Anna Davis of Raymore, Missouri; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Funeral service were held Saturday, March 7, 2015, at the Stanley-Dickey Funeral Home, Pleasant Hill, Mo. Dr. Fred V. Kornis, Jr. officiated. Interment was in the Lone Jack Cemetery. Casket bearers were his nephews Arthur Chapman, John Kornis, Greg Kornis, Ronnie Grabb, Andy Davis, and Mike Kornis.
Visitation was held prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family asks memorial contributions be made to Harvesters and/or H.I.M. Ministries.
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