Howard McCorkell


January 7, 1935 - April 27, 2019


Howard McCorkell, 84, Mitchell died Saturday, April 27, 2019 at Firesteel Healthcare Center under the care of hospice.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am Friday, May 3 at the First United Methodist Church in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 pm Thursday at the Bittner Funeral Chapel in Mitchell.

Howard Edgar McCorkell and his identical twin brother were born January 7, 1935 on the family farm at Akron, IA, to Wesley & Myrtle (Adams) McCorkell. In 1952, they moved to a farm near Canistota, SD and Howard graduated from Canistota High School in 1953. On September 30, 1961 he married Donna Dunn in Canistota. They later divorced. He served in the US Army for 2 years and was stationed in Germany. He received his Honorable Discharge on October 31, 1962. Howard worked as an insurance adjuster for 25 years. On June 6, 1981 he married Carolrae Hefflefinger and he moved to Mitchell where he affectionately became known as the "cute little gray-haired fellow." He worked as a Real Estate Agent and Auctioneer and in 1994, became the Davison County Director of Equalization, retiring in 2005. Howard will be remembered for his happy, quiet & gentle ways, but also was a story-teller and well-known for his rendition of "John Smith & the Bull." He was an avid golfer and, especially after retirement, could be found on a golf course with his dear friend, Dan Sudrla. They were usually on the course first in the spring and were usually the last to quit after the first snow!

He is survived by his wife, Carolrae, daughter, Natalie (Mark) Leonard of Riverside, CA, sons: Timothy (Chelle) McCorkell of Wagoner, OK, Troy (Nancy) McCorkell of Rosemont, MN, sister, Lois Hjellming of Byron, MN, brothers: Wayne McCorkell of Quartzite, AZ, Eldon McCorkell (Gloria) of San Diego, CA, Raymond (Janice) McCorkell of Salem, brother-in-law, Harry Hefflefinger of Houston, TX, seven grandchildren: Bailey Jo McCorkell, Jordan McCorkell, Matthew Leonard, Carlye McCorkell, Tymani McCorkell, Skye McCorkell, Cole McCorkell and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Harold at six months, parents, brother-in-law, Marlow Hjellming, sisters-in-law, Kay, Anna Marie and Jan McCorkell.

Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the Charity of your choice.



Thursday, May 2, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens Ave
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301


Friday, May 3, 2019
10:30 AM
First United Methodist Church
310 N Rowley St
Mitchell, SD 57301

Posted by Jim Hoiten on May 1, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Wonderful neighbors! Howard was the kindest person. Also remember Grandpa Wes coming to visit in the old blue Chevy pick up. Your in our prayers.
Posted by Mick Catalano on May 1, 2019
Sure enjoyed going to his auctions. Fun guy & great auctioneer. May He Be Resting In Peace.
Posted by Fr. Michael Schneider on May 1, 2019
You are in my prayers at this time.
Posted by Joani Nelsen on May 1, 2019
Carolrae......sorry to learn of your loss. My sympathy to you and your family.
I worked in insurance 40 years and do remember when you were in Sioux Falls
Posted by Pat Larson Carsrud on April 30, 2019
Carolrae - so sorry for the loss of your husband
Posted by Tony Dewald on April 30, 2019
Many fond memories during those yeas as Director's of Equalization. And our chats whenever I would run into Howard since then. Deepest Sympathy to the family.
Posted by Kay Hageman on April 30, 2019
Howard was the nicest person you could ask for. I got to know him when we were both directors. I from Howard. So sorry to hear about his passing. We would get together once in a while. He will be remembered fondly. You all have my sympathy.
Posted by Mark Meyer on April 30, 2019
So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. When he was Director of Equalization we had some fun times.
Posted by Joann McElroy on April 29, 2019
So sorry to hear of Howard's passing. May you be at peace knowing that Howard is no longer suffering.
Posted by John schroeder on April 28, 2019
Always great to be around will miss that
Posted by Shirley Wuertzer on April 28, 2019
so sorry for your loss. prayers to you.
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