October 23, 2013


Kenneth Dean Corson, 90, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Bella Vista.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Coon Rapids, with Father Anthony Hoffman as celebrant, assisted by Deacon Louie Meiners. Lector will be Carlene Dorpinghaus. Eucharistic minister will be Kay Anthofer. Music will be by Annunciation choir and organist Faye Seidl. Honorary casket bearers will be Dean's grandchildren. Military honors will be by Gurney Park Post 357 of the American Legion, Coon Rapids. Burial will be at a later date at Annunciation Cemetery in Coon Rapids.

Rosary will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Annunciation Catholic Church.

Johnson and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Coon Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth, son of Guy and Grace (Robinson) Corson, was born Nov. 1, 1922, at Rockwell City, Iowa. He graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1942.

Dean then enlisted with the U.S. Army and served in the North African and European Theaters during World War II. After receiving his honorable discharge, he attended Upper Iowa University at Fayette and graduated in 1949. Dean subsequently came to Coon Rapids where he worked for Garst & Thomas and to pitch for the Coon Rapids Merchants baseball team.

On Jan. 12, 1950, Dean married Virginia Christy at Dedham. Dean and Virginia were blessed with three children. They made their home in Coon Rapids, where Dean worked his way up to plant manager for Garst & Thomas until his retirement in 1987. Dean and Virginia moved to Bella Vista in 1992. Throughout the years, Dean served as Coon Rapids school board president and was a member of the city council for several years. He was also a member of the American Legion, Annunciation Catholic Parish in Coon Rapids, and St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista.

Dean was an extraordinary athlete, particularly as a baseball player. During his senior year at Rockwell City High School, he pitched four no-hitters and led the Wildcats to the 1942 Iowa High School state championship. Known as "The Iron Man," he pitched and played outfield for Upper Iowa University and subsequently played semi-pro for several teams in Iowa. In 2004, Dean was inducted into the Iowa High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Virginia; daughter Christy McConnell and husband Terry of Springdale, Ark.; son Richard Corson and wife Ann of Coon Rapids; a daughter-in-law Angie Corson of Coon Rapids; seven grandchildren: Mandi Lucas and husband Tommy of Ankeny; Jacob McConnell and wife Jessica of Baton Rouge, La.; Paige Corson of Coon Rapids; Cole Corson of Coon Rapids; Jared Corson of Coon Rapids; Maggie McConnell of Springdale, Ark.; and Garret Corson of Coon Rapids; a great-grandson Tanner Lucas of Ankeny; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents; a son Jeff Corson in 2010; a brother Dale Corson; three sisters: Opal Pintchuk, Maxine Moriarity and Phyllis Coats; and his parents-in-law.