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T.J. Cornejo

May 4, 2016


T.J. Cornejo 33, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He was born March 6, 1983 in Roswell, New Mexico. To Robert “Bob” Cornejo and Rhonda L. Neuman. His father preceded him in death.  T.J. Graduated from Newton High School in 2002 and served his country in Iraq in the U.S. Army.  He loved to cook and enjoyed using freshly grown herbs and vegetables from his own garden.  T.J. was a member of the Columbus Avenue Church of Christ and the American Legion both in Newton.  He was a sports fan and especially loved football.  He was an avid OU and Blackhawks fan.  He loved his family and looked forward to spending time with his loving family and many friends. 


T.J. is survived by his Mom Beverly Cornejo of Newton, Fiance Ingrid Ringsby of Newton, daughter Isabella of Wichita, Brothers: Ed Cornejo of Wichita, Eric Cornejo and his partner Alan Arbuckle of Denver, CO, Victor Cornejo of Las Vegas, NM, Carlos Cornejo of Newton, Tyler Cornejo of Newton, Jay Kelley of Levelland, TX; Joe Kelley of Granby, CO, sisters Marcey Cornejo of Newton, Jenisa Cornejo of Newton, Samantha Schaffer of Cedar Lake, IN, Katie Cornejo of Kansas City, Janna and Aaron Madden of Inman, KS


He is preceded in death by his father and a niece.


Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 at Columbus Avenue Church of Christ in Newton, KS with Minister Buddy Aldridge presiding.


Memorials are suggested to Big Brothers and Big Sisters in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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25 thoughts on “T.J. Cornejo

  1. I’m extremely sorry for your loss. I’m sending light and love your way.

  2. So sorry to hear about T.J., he was friends with my son Jeremy in high school, so young, prayers for your family.

  3. I remember as a sophomore at Newton High School, meeting TJ while doing theatre. I was one of the tech guys and TJ was on stage playing a big bad greaser! I will always remember the joy that he had, it was contagious. TJ always made people feel special when he acknowledged them and let them know that they had value.

    I am so sorry for your loss. May the God of all grace and peace be with you during this difficult time. My prayers are with your family. In Christ.

  4. T.J.’s mother is Rhonda Cornejo of Blue Springs, MO. He is also survived by several loving Aunts and Uncles and cousins from his mother’s family.

  5. TJ, you are already missed by so many people! You touched Terra and I’s lives in the short time after we moved in next door and we became neighbors. It wasn’t long after and you, Ingrid, Terra and I were”just like family”. I will never forget the patio music nights, full of laughter and joy and being blessed to have the opportunity to meet you and share in your life and time on earth. I can’t wrap my head around the fact you are gone, and I know if you were here, you would tell me to be strong, not only for me, but my daughter and for Ingrid. You were right about one thing, we get along great. You were an amazing man who always had my back, no matter what. So I’m here to say to you, I’ve got yours, I promise to always be there for the love of your life. She is just as much a kind hearted and wonderful person as you. Rest in peace my brother, I will never forget you!!

  6. CJ, we haven’t spoken in many years, but I often thought about you and hoped you were doing well. You made an impact on my life and I admired what you had done for our country. May you be at peace my friend. Until Valhalla…

  7. So sorry for your entire family’s loss. Condolences, and prayers for your family

  8. Such a caring man! Loved by so many and will miss that smile. May you finally rest in peace. Boomer!!!

  9. We are sadden to hear this..We are so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers with our deepest sympathy to all of family.God bless you all at this difficult time.The Steve & Flo Ybarra & Familia

  10. Tj was a really good friend of mine back in High school. He will be truly missed.

  11. I am so sorry my heart is heavy. A beautiful young man inside and out. Rhonda all my thoughts and prayers. Mallory’smom.m

  12. I am so sorry to hear this. We are praying for you and the kids, Bev. If there is anything we can do just let us know! Love you!!

  13. Too many years have passed by, so sadden by the news. Will always remember TJ, may you rest in peace.

  14. Tj.. you.. we’re an amazing person and truly good friend.. I still can’t believe it. That you are gone. I remember how much u loved my kids.. and they loved u too. Bob, and you.. we’re awesome friends, and terrific coaches to my daughter, when she was in soccer.. ♡♡ I love, and miss u terribly.. God bless you.. and r.i.p..

  15. Rest in peace T.J.! I enjoyed our time together during our production in Godspell back in 2000.

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about TJ’s passing. Will be praying for him and hus love ones. Worked with TJ a few years ago. His smile was contagious and a sweet young man. Sadden to know that he is forever gone. We was supposed to have a work reunion and now sad that it didn’t happen, so that I get to see and hang out with him. RIP my dear.

  17. I served with him overseas and he was always upbeat and help keep our spirits up. I don’t have a memory of him that didn’t have him smiling. I haven’t seen him since we last served together…. you always think there may be a chance to cross paths again. We may have that chance again, brother.. you are leading the way, Infantry.

  18. Love and Miss You So Much TJ. Your sense of humor made me laugh so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. Rest In Peace.

  19. We are so very sorry that TJ had to die way to soon. We grieve with his mother, Rhonda Cornejo, his Neumann family as well as the Cornejo family. No good comes from hurting others during these very sad times. Let’s celebrate TJ’s short life with dignity and respect for everyone who loved him.

  20. TJ, he will be missed by all the folks that knew him. I was his classmate at WATC. We were lab partners. We discussed combat and what it does to you when you survive this. I will miss our talks.
    God speed to a good man.
    May the peace of the good Lord comfort TJ’s family as they say good bye to him.

  21. TJ you will be missed and always remembered. And yes Rhonda is his Mother!

  22. Rhonda, I am so very sorry to learn of the death of your son, TJ. I am praying for peace for you.

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