In Memory of
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
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.
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.