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Edward William Kornkven

June 17, 1932 — April 8, 2023

Casper

Edward W. (Bill) Kornkven passed away at his home in Casper on April 8 at the age of 90. Bill
had no siblings and was preceded in death by his parents, one son Eric, and a granddaughter
Elsa Berri. He is survived by his wife, four children: Edward (Liz), Kristin (Tim) Graham, Kurt
(Susie), and John (Kilty Brown), 18 grandchildren: Anne, Katrin, Elle (Nick) Perna, Anders, Brian
Graham, Christian, Sarah (Kevin) Crank, Cody, Kelly (Dean) Scott, Ryer, Justus, Amanda, Jacob
Brown, Ella-Berri, Trinity Godwin, Talia, Emily Brown, Joel, and one great-grandson, Colby.

Bill was born in Bottineau, ND in 1932 to Edward and Emma Kornkven. His family moved from
North Dakota to Minneapolis, MN where he graduated from Central High School. He went on to
attend the University of Minnesota and Colorado College. After serving in the Army during the
Korean War, Bill moved to Montana, then to Wyoming where he enjoyed the mountains and
open spaces of his state.

He met his wife Aura Mae Bosch in Worland, Wyoming and they married in 1957. Bill loved his
occupation in sales, starting with the Gamble’s stores where he worked in Worland and
Greybull. In 1968, he moved with his family to Casper. He worked at Northern Utilities before
launching several small businesses in Casper and the wider region. He operated an outfitting
business in the Dubois area before taking up the real estate profession, the career he enjoyed
for the remainder of his life. He specialized in farm, ranch, and commercial properties.

Bill was a loving husband and devoted father to his five children. His other passions were youth
sports and seeing the message of God’s love in Jesus Christ brought to others. Bill was part of
the founding of youth football in Casper and he was a key force in expanding amateur boxing in
Casper and the region. Many young men were coached by Bill at the Casper Boys Club and his
teams traveled the state and region, some reaching national-level stature in their sport. Locally,
Bill organized the Holiday Festival Boxing Tournament for over a decade. Nationally, he managed
national teams in overseas competitions and served on the U.S. Olympic Boxing Committee. In
1973, Bill received the Non-Professional of the Year award at the Casper Sports Award banquet.

He was a strong supporter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Youth for Christ, and Full Gospel
Businessmen’s Fellowship, and he was dedicated to his church family at River of Life Church
where he served in leadership for many years.

Services for Bill will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2:00 pm at River of Life Church, 2955
East 2nd Street, Casper. In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to Casper Youth for Christ
or the Casper Boxing Club.

 

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