Howard McCorkell, 84, Mitchell died Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Firesteel Healthcare Center under the care of hospice.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am Friday, May 3 at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Thursday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.
Howard Edgar McCorkell and his identical twin brother were born January 7, 1935 on the family farm at Akron, IA, to Wesley & Myrtle (Adams) McCorkell. In 1952, they moved to a farm near Canistota, SD and Howard graduated from Canistota High School in 1953. On September 30, 1961 he married Donna Dunn in Canistota. They later divorced. He served in the US Army for 2 years and was stationed in Germany. He received his Honorable Discharge on October 31, 1962. Howard worked as an insurance adjuster for 25 years. On June 6, 1981 he married Carolrae Hefflefinger and he moved to Mitchell where he affectionately became known as the "cute little gray-haired fellow." He worked as a Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer and in 1994, became the Davison County Director of Equalization, retiring in 2005. Howard will be remembered for his happy, quiet & gentle ways, but also was a story-teller and well-known for his rendition of "John Smith & the Bull." He was an avid golfer and, especially after retirement, could be found on a golf course with his dear friend, Dan Sudrla. They were usually on the course first in the spring and were usually the last to quit after the first snow!
He is survived by his wife, Carolrae, daughter, Natalie (Mark) Leonard of Riverside, CA, sons: Timothy (Chelle) McCorkell of Wagoner, OK, Troy (Nancy) McCorkell of Rosemont, MN, sister, Lois Hjellming of Byron, MN, brothers: Wayne McCorkell of Quartzite, AZ, Eldon McCorkell (Gloria) of San Diego, CA, Raymond (Janice) McCorkell of Salem, brother-in-law, Harry Hefflefinger of Houston, TX, seven grandchildren: Bailey Jo McCorkell, Jordan McCorkell, Matthew Leonard, Carlye McCorkell, Tymani McCorkell, Skye McCorkell, Cole McCorkell and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Harold at six months, parents, brother-in-law, Marlow Hjellming, sisters-in-law, Kay, Anna Marie and Jan McCorkell.
Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the Charity of your choice.