Frank Reed Cornum


Frank Reed Cornum of Anaheim, California, formerly of Sanford, died peacefully Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017, at his home in Anaheim. He was born June 8, 1923, in Sanford, Colorado, to H. D. and Lizzie Reed Cornum.

Frank grew up in Sanford, Colorado, where he attended school. When he was a kid, he had a number of jobs, helping local farmers, and working with his father as a well driller. This was when the power supply for the well rig was horses! He was in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the late 1930’s, working in Rio Grande County, Colorado. He enlisted in the United States Navy soon after and served honorably through World War II, from 1941 to 1945. After the war, a man by the name of Jim Hearst taught Frank to fly and he got his pilot’s license. He also had his own well rig and drilled wells for several years after the war. In about 1950, Frank and his family moved to Utah and he went to work at Hill Field in Ogden for several years. They left Utah about 1960 and Frank went to work for Lockheed in Palmdale, California. He worked at Lockheed for many years and retired in the ‘80s. Frank married Katherine “Kay” Keller on July 29, 1977, and they enjoyed many years together until her death in October, 2005.

Frank is survived by his son Eric Cornum, of Anaheim, California; stepdaughter Susie Garner (Randy), of St. Augustine, Florida; brother Kurt (Frankie) Cornum of Palisade, CO; and sister Judy Parrish of Sanford, CO. He is also survived by his grandsons Justin Phillips (Dawn) of Colorado Springs, CO; Michael Garner, Benjamin Garner, Wylie Garner, and granddaughter Katherine Garner of St. Augustine, FL; 3 great?grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay; his daughter, Tony Michelle; his parents; one brother in infancy; brothers Duwayne Cornum and Monte Cornum; and sisters Gwen Emerson, Shirley Fugate, and Bonnie Coombs. Frank was a colorful character and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Cremation was chosen, and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Quincy, Illinois, where he will be inurned next to his late wife, Kay.