OBITUARY

Roger Dean Cornish

August 26, 1954July 7, 2021
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Roger Dean Cornish, age 66, of Wichita, Kansas passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Roger was born August 26, 1954 in Hutchinson, Kansas to Joan and Richard Cornish.

Roger started as a camera operator at our KTVH studios in Hutchinson in 1972. He was just 17 years old at the time. He quickly moved positions - from producing and reporting to anchoring newscasts. He often described KWCH as the fourth-place station in a town with only three TV stations. But Roger would help change that.

Roger was joined by Susan Peters in the 1980s and the anchor team helped lift KWCH to the number one station in the Wichita-Hutchinson market. In 1991, Cindy Klose joined Roger and the two continued ratings success for 25 years. After Cindy’s retirement in 2016, Melissa Scheffler joined Roger on the anchor desk. Roger retired in 2018. He wanted to sneak out of the studio quietly at the end of the newscast because “my retirement is really not a big deal.” He was absolutely amazed by the outpouring of cards and comments from viewers wishing him well. Cornish told The Eagle that his job was the only one he “really ever wanted to do.” His father was on the staff when KWCH went on air in 1953, and both his wife and son worked there for stints.

Throughout the years, Roger received numerous awards and accolades for his television work. As much as he appreciated those, it was the experiences he loved the most. He was an avid (ok, truly fanatical) Indy Car fan and could recite details about specific races and drivers like no other. His favorite driver was Wichita native Rick Mears. Roger’s favorite interview was getting to talk with Mears in 1990. Roger also enjoyed his down time playing golf and spent many a days on the course.

Roger will be remembered for his sense of humor, sharp wit, love for telling stories, his talent for remembering dates and details, but most of all for his kindness.

Roger is survived by his wife, Wanetta Cornish; son Chad Cornish (Tammara); and daughter Nicole Parsons (Shane); brother Rick Cornish (Tracy) and sister Blair Lanning (David); grandchildren Slade, Troy, Callan and Baby Parsons.

Roger was preceded in death by father Richard Cornish and mother Joan Cornish.

Private services will be held for Roger.

Contributions in Roger's memory may be made to Teaching Truth International, P.O. Box 22331, Robbinsdale, Minnesota 55422 US, https://teachingtruthinternational.org/credit-card-donation/.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MyLakeviewFuneralHome.com for the Cornish family.

  • FAMILY

  • Richard Cornish, Father (deceased)
  • Joan Cornish, Mother (deceased)
  • Wanetta Cornish, Wife
  • Chad Cornish (Tammara), Son
  • Nicole Parsons (Shane), Daughter
  • Rick Cornish (Tracy), Brother
  • Blair Lanning (David), Sister
  • Slade, Grandchild
  • Troy, Grandchild
  • Callan, Grandchild
  • Baby Parsons, Grandchild
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Chad Cornish
  • Shane Parsons
  • Slade Cornish
  • Troy Cornish
  • Rick Cornish
  • Ben Cornish
  • Michael Schwanke
  • Wes Penner
  • Jason Fenwick

Services

  • Come and Go Viewing & Visitation

    Sunday, July 11, 2021

  • Private Celebration of Life Service

    Monday, July 12, 2021

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Rick Bryant

July 13, 2021

Wanetta and family - I was sad to learn of Roger's passing last week and want to convey my heartfelt condolences on his loss.
I will always remember his quick wit and big wave as he jogged in front of our house when we were neighbors on Brookfield Court; and I remembered the night Wanetta got the garage door stuck until I coached her how to pull the emergency release.
The evenings in the cul-de-sac playing Trivial Pursuit are lasting memories of great times with great neighbors.
He left us too soon and had miles to go before he could come close to spoiling those grandkids. He was a pro and his loss will be far reaching.
My best to the family,
Rick Bryant
Lawrence, KS

Marla Sue Zongker

July 11, 2021

Dearest Roger Cornish Family:
May Roger Rest In Peace.🙏
As we grew up in Wichita and Hutchinson, KS for many years we totally admired Roger’s anchoring and journalist abilities. He was so honest, sharp spoken, to the point, polite and professional. What a role model for our youth! Bless him and his family.
Sue Zongker and son Brett Zongker❤️

Jean Little

July 10, 2021

While I worked at Channel 12 for 9 years, my favorite memory of Roger was outside of the studio.
My husband and I were married during one of his family’s reunions, in CO. While we were gone, our friends organized a surprise, mock wedding and enlisted Roger’s help. Our friends indeed surprised us and from the back of the crowd came Roger to officiate the service! He was flawless in the role, of course and signed our “certificate” as “The Wright Reverend, Rabbi, Father Cornish”.
I will always be grateful for his friendship & guidance not just to me but to all who came through the studio as coworker or guest.
Rest well Roger. May his family find comfort in the positive impact he left in so many lives.

Tiffany Nelson

July 7, 2021

This breaks my heart for his family today. He’s still so young... I have such fond memories at Roger’s when I was a teenager dating Chad. Wanetta and Roger were so kind and fun to be around. I loved attending the Miss Kansas pageant and other events with them. When I went to the studio, I even decided I wanted to work in journalism- (which I did for a bit!) What a wonderful family and tragic loss.

Please know how present Roger still is in your lives. And others will see him reflected in you. See how God sends angels into your lives to help you heal. God sees your pain and will gently pull you through this. Death is only temporary. I found that journaling and finding a productive outlet (ministry) helped me through the loss of my mom. Channeling grief into loving others helps. I pray that God blesses your family with strength and peace during this. Sending you all my love and prayers for God to lift you up in those hard moments of grieving

D S

July 7, 2021

Classy man..true professional

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