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In Memory of
Raymond Corning

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Obituary for Raymond V. Corning

Memorial Services for Raymond Vincent Corning, 69, will be held Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mount Hope Chapel at Hudson’s Funeral Home in Lander, Wyoming. Raymond died September 13th after a ten-month battle with esophageal cancer. A second service will be held in Morland, Kansas at the Methodist Church, the following Wednesday, September 24th at 1:00 p.m.

Raymond was born, April 15, 1934 in Casper, Wyoming, the son of Lester Charles and Hilda Elizabeth Goodrow Corning. He graduated from Haxtun High School in Haxtun Colorado in 1952 and obtained both Bachelor’s (Fisheries Science) and Master’s (Zoology) degrees at Colorado State University. He married Mary Ann Reichardt, June 20, 1964. Together they raised three children and recently celebrated their 39th anniversary. During his professional career, Raymond worked for Idaho Fish and Game, Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, Bureau of Land Management in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Anchorage, AK. After his retirement in 1994, he remained passionate about the protection of Wyoming’s water resources as an active “interested Person” for the Green Mountain, Atlantic City, Granite Mountain and Silver Creek Common Grazing Allotments. He was an avid hunter. His other hobbies included photography and genealogy.

Raymond was a dedicated family man survived by his mother, his wife and their three children: R. Vincent Corning, Jr. and his wife Colleen Carswell Corning of Soquel, CA; Caroline Renee Corning Creager, her husband Robert Stuart Creager and their children Christopher Robert and Michael James Raymond of Berthoud, CO; and Muriel Elizabeth 'Beth' Corning Wheeler, her husband Jim Wheeler, stepson Nathan, and their daughters Zoe’ Elizabeth and Aiko Anne of Geneva, IL. In addition to his second family Raymond is survived by two son’s from his first marriage: David Vincent Corning, of Estes Park, CO; and Brett Allen Corning, his wife Kim Louise Renzelman Corning and daughters, Brittney Diane and Shelby Nicole of Arvada, CO. Also surviving Raymond are his brother, Gerald Lester Corning, his wife Susanne Elaine Sukovaty Corning of Alamosa, CO and his sister Bonnie Jean Corning Harms, her husband Orville Lee Harms of Boulder CO; his mother-in-law, Muriel B. Reichardt of Denver, CO, two brothers-in- law, and numerous nieces and nephews. Survivors would not be complete without Raymond’s “Adopted Alaska Son” Thane Humphrey, his wife Joyce Lynn Ricketts Humphrey and daughter Brittany Rose who joined the family by choice. Raymond was preceded in death by: his father, Lester Charles Corning, his infant brother Charles Lester Corning, his son-in-law, Alan Guthrie Maecher and two uncles, Carl Harold Goodrow Jr. (Sonny), and Raymond Lowell Goodrow.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in care of Hudson’s Funeral Home at P.O. Box 680 Mount Hope Drive, Lander, WY 82520. Please specify:

Western Watersheds Project whose mission is to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives and litigation.


WMC Foundation, Masterson Place, 1233 East 2nd, Casper, WY 82601 which provides inexpensive housing for out of town patients at Wyoming Medical Center.


Little Wind Hospice

Profession or Area of Expertise

Retired from USFWS. Currently an Environmental Consultant/Expert Witness on Fisheries, Grazing, Coal Bed Methane, Sedimentation and Erosion, Water Quality, and EIS reviews.

Personal Statement

B.S. in Fisheries Mgmt., Colorado State University
M.S. in Zoology, specializing in Limnology, Colorado State University
M.S. thesis: “Zoobenthos and Nekton of Eroding and Sedimenting Environments”

My water quality, stream, reservoir, wetland and riparian habitat experience is in excess of 30 years. I was a Fisheries Researcher and an Area Biologist with the Idaho Fish and Game Dept.. In Virginia I served as an Area Fishery Biologist, Warm Water Management Supervising Biologist, Assistant Chief of Fisheries and Assistant Federal Aid Coordinator - for Virginia Commission of Game and Inland Fisheries. I then served in Wash. DC as Principal Fisheries Biologist for the Bureau of Land Management. The remainder of my career was spent in Alaska with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, where I served in a number of capacities.

One award I received is especially cherished. It was the Virginia Governor’s Award, presented by the Virginia Wildlife Federation and Sears and Roebuck, for Soil Conservationist of the Year.

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