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Ralph Burgess, Hayden, Missouri

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A tragic accident

Ralph Burgess in front of Corey House
Core House, Hayden Route, Dixon Missouri, USA
Indian Rock Bluff where David Corey grew up

Another Vienna neighbor dies, way too young

I remember the Corey brothers and their mother Vi, when I was a youngster living about two miles from their house. It was about the only fun time we had as five adopted German kids, fresh from Germany. I went back to visit Viola on at least three occasions; once in 1988, 1993 then with my sister in Dec. 1994.

Viola was still living on top of Rock Eddy Bluff and the old Wooden cabins still stood at the same place as I remembered them when I was a child. It was sad to read about David's death and I include the below story in rememberance of him and for those who knew him. David's brother Tom Corey, still lives in the are near my old adoptive mom Helen Burgess's house and near his mom Violas' house. Tom and his wife Kathy now run a lovely Bed & Breakfast ( called Rock Eddy Bluff from where you can see all the beautiful scenery described and shown on this website.
I should know, as I visited there with friends and even got a buggy ride with Tom as the buggy driver!

(Helen Burgess is still alive in 2007 and I believe just turned 91)!

David Corey - 1943 - 1990.

After High School Dave tried his hand at college and decided "NO"! Most of his life he worked as a pilot and aircraft mechanic. He married and adopted two girls. In his later years he flew as an ag pilot, crop dusting in the Rio Grande valley of south Texas. He then took a job for the Drug enforcement agency and sprayed drugs such as poppies all over the world, killing them. He was doing this in Guatemala when we was killed in an accident. His two great loves were flying and sailing, both of which he spent as much time at as possible.

Dave loved life, loved adventure, and loved his family. He was a truly unique individual and a gentleman. Though he had many residences during his life, he

always returned to Maries County whenever possible. Even though several years have passed since his death, his gentle nature, fun-loving outlook on life, and easy-to-be-with personality are still deeply missed. - submitted by his brother

Obit from paper:

David Webster Corey, 46, of Lyford, Texas, formerly of Kansas City, and the Hayden Community was born May 17, 1943, at Kansas City, a son of Roy R. and Viola M. Douglass Corey and died at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 1990 near Guatemala City, Guatemala, of injuries sustained in an airplane crash.

He was united in marriage on July 8, 1969 at Savannah, Georgia to the former Miss Judy Dawn Wilson. He was preceded in death by his father on Sept. 16, 1953.

He was a member of the Agriculture Aviation Association. For the past 18 months, he had been employed by National Aviation Transport, Incorporated.‚ He had worked for other companies around the world as well as for the United States State Department. He was a United States Army Veteran having served his country during Vietnam Conflict.

His survivors include his wife, Mrs. Judy D. Core, of the home in Lyford, Texas; his mother, Mrs. Viola M. Corey of Dixon; two daughters, Maria Delores Corey and Sonya Viola Corey, both of the home in Lyford, Texas; and four brothers, John L. Corey of Los Angeles, Calif., James D. Corey of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Thomas M. Corey of Jefferson City and Stephen W. Corey of Leawood, Kansas.

A graveside funeral service was conducted at 9:30 a.m. the following Saturday near the residence of Mrs. Viola M. Corey.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, 1990 at the Bethel Lutheran Church, Lyford, Texas, with Rev. Ron Anderson officiating.

Interment was in the Corey Family Cemetery near Dixon, under the direction of the Vienna Chapel of the Birmingham-Martin Funeral Home. Pallbearers were John L. Corey, James D. Corey, Thomas M. Corey, Stephen W. Corey, Richard McMinn, Miguel Marroquin and Steve Howard. Honorary pallbearers were Bud Bennack, George Bennack, Mike Wade, Daryl Lassig, Norman Payne, Perry Schmidt, Reece Stinson, Douglass Foster and John Kristensen.