In loving memory of

David M. Cornwell
June 20, 1954 - December 30, 2021

David M. Cornwell 67 died Thursday, December 30, 2021, at Marion Health, Marion, Indiana.
David was born January 20, 1954, at Kokomo, Indiana was the son of the late Arlie C. Cornwell and Juanita (Tackett) Cornwell, who survives in Marion. He was a 1972 graduate of Madison-Grant High School and was an Army Veteran. He enjoyed playing pool, collecting coins, and was best known as Santa's helper and enjoyed making the kids smile and laugh seeing him in his Santa suit. He was a loving caring person and do anything for anyone if asked. He was the Santa for Cabela's in Noblesville.

He is survived by his mother Juanita, and his longtime companion, Barbara Estelle, her daughter; Debbie (Chris) Brechbiel and her children; Britney Fox, Tyler Johnson, and Jacob White and son; Bob (Rhonda) Estelle, 6 great-grandchildren. Sister; Christa (Tom) Bohlander, Fairmount, brothers; Kenneth (Jeanette) Cornwell, Denver, NC and James (Cindy) Cornwell, Brandon, FL several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Arrangements for David have been entrusted to the College Park Chapel of Armes-Hunt Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 4601 S. Western Ave. Marion, IN. The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the funeral home, immediately following there will be a private funeral service for the family only. Interment will be in Knox Chapel Cemetery.

As per the family's request mask will be required as well as social distance to attend the visitation. The funeral service will be live-streamed for viewing by the public in private.

Memorial contributions are to the funeral home to help defray the cost of funeral expenses.

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Micki Nelson wrote on Jan 8, 2022:

"I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute video. Memories are a wonderful comfort and can bring strength. Sending love to family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. MICKI"

Joni Jones Rich wrote on Jan 5, 2022:

"Dave & I met when we started 7th grade at the old academy in Fairmount. We stayed friends through graduation & then we both moved on in Our lives. I remember him coming to a class reunion & sitting down beside me & asking if I knew who he was & I didn't; it had been too many years & I didn't recognize him! But we sat & visited, catching up with Our lives. Life is funny because the next time I saw him was at his Dad's calling hours before his funeral & we briefly talked. I am sorry for Your loss, he was a good man & I know he will be missed! I think from all the pictures he had found his calling as Santa's helper & really enjoyed what he did! You are in my thoughts & prayers as you say good-bye to Dave. I will remember him with a smile as a sweet man & my friend!"

Vicki Rudicel wrote on Jan 4, 2022:

"David had only been attending our Church for several months, but he was loved and appreciated by all. I remember how excited he was about being Santa's Helper during the Christmas Season. We will be praying for his family and friends! Vicki Rudicel, Pastoral Care Minister - Marion First Church of God"

Rick Adair wrote on Jan 3, 2022:

"David was truly my brother, we were family, we had our ins and outs but when he called I went and when I called he came. What more can you ask from a brother and a friend. He WILL be missed! Rick L. Adair"