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Published October 23, 2013, 06:14 PM

Crookston native remembered fondly following his death in construction accident

Family and friends are remembering a former Crookston man who died Monday in a construction accident in the Twin Cities.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

Family and friends are remembering a former Crookston man who died Monday in a construction accident in the Twin Cities.

34-year-old Cory Lewellin graduated from Crookston High School in 1997. One of his former teachers remembered him Wedmesdau as a kind, happy student.

The Lewellin family left Crookston soon after Cory graduated High School in 1997, but there are people in town who still remember him fondly.

Cory Lewellin was operating a crane on Monday near St. Paul when it tipped over, killing him. Lewellin graduated from Crookston High School in 1997. Family friend Jim Kent says it was news no one wanted to hear.

Jim: "He was just a normal, good natured boy, is what Cory was, so of course we're very, very sad to hear this news."

Kent taught Lewellin in music class. He remembers his former student fondly.

Jim: "Very nice. Very smiley. Very much enjoyed Cory."

The Lewellin family left Crookston soon after Cory graduated, but not before they left an impact. The Lewellin family was a big part of the community during their time in Crookston. Cory's father Butch helped found the local methodist church and Cory played on the Crookston High School football team.

We had been together and had done family activities and so forth, together. He is a member of our extended family. Lewellin's family now lives in Byron, Minnesota. His father Butch says Cory had a great sense of humor and loved nature. He says his son was fiercly protective of his mother and sister...and all women. Cory was engaged...his fiance is expecting their second child together in two weeks.

Jim Kent says Cory last came to visit about a year ago. He says he won't forget the last chance he got to see him.

Jim: "We happened to be having pizza that evening, it was a Sunday evening, so we gave Cory the rest of our pizza, and my wife's good pizza cutter went off with Cory."

Cory Lewellin's family say he had a soft spot in his heart for children. He cared for his own son, and his fiance's two children from a previous relationship.

Lewellin will be laid to rest on Saturday in Mora, Minnesota. His former teacher Jim Kent will sing at the ceremony.

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