Corey Goodnature, 35, formerly of Albert Lea

Published 12:00 am Sunday, July 10, 2005

Funeral services for Corey J. Goodnature, of Savannah, Ga., formerly of Albert Lea, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 16, at the United Methodist Church in Albert Lea.

The Rev. John Bromeland will officiate. Interment with full military honors will be at Graceland Cemetery in Albert Lea.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the United Methodist Church in Albert Lea. Bonnerup Funeral Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Corey died protecting our freedoms on June 28, 2005, in eastern Afghanistan.

Corey was a quiet man who was dedicated to serving his country and family. He loved being outdoors, enjoying hunting and fishing with his boys.

Since childhood, he lived up to the family name, carrying a gentle demeanor, yet a strong presence.

Corey was a devoted husband, a loving father, and dedicated Night Stalker.

Corey served his nation for 14 years, spending seven of those doing what he particularly loved &045; flying with fellow Night Stalkers and supporting Special Operations forces.

Corey is survived by his wife Lori of Savannah, Ga.; two sons, Shea and Brennan of Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; his parents Deb and Don Goodnature of Clarks Grove; his sister Amy and her husband Ben Purdy and their son Kane of Alden; his grandmothers, Deloris Goodnature and Lola Partlow,

both of Albert Lea; aunts and uncles and their families: Larry and Mary Goodnature and their children Brian, Jake, and Nate; Randy and June Goodnature and their children Derek and Emily; Deb and

Paul Schmitt and their children Toby and Angie; Connie Davis and children Mark, Dina, Todd, Matt and Eric; Jim and Barb Partlow and children Kurt, Geoff and Erik; father-in-law and mother-in-law Windell R. (Sr.) and Mary Smith; brother-in-law Windell (Jr). and his wife Dawn

Smith and their children Molly, Annie, Ashley, Jack, John; and many other family and friends who loved and will miss him dearly.

Corey died doing something he deeply believed in and is a true hero to our nation, his family and friends. We are all grateful for Corey’s undeniable dedication and sacrifice as well as that of those he served and died with.

This dedication and sacrifice allow all of us to enjoy our freedoms

and liberty to this great nation.

Corey was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather George Goodnature and maternal grandfather Merritt Partlow.

Donations in Corey’s honor can be made to one of several charities at