Claude Wayne “Corky” Meadows, 71, formerly of Bloomington, Illinois passed away Saturday (June 13, 2020) at his home in Nixa, Missouri.
He was born July 17, 1948, in Ripley, WV, to Claude and Lillie Meadows. Corky is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Michele; his 2 sons, John (Stephanie) Meadows, Kirkwood, Missouri and Christopher (Andrea) Meadows, McKinney, Texas, from his previous wife, Karen Schwaab; stepchildren, Chris (Anastasia) Stoops, Mahomet, Illinois and Brandy (Dan) Miklusicak, Bloomington, Illinois; grandchildren, Olivia & Cooper Meadows, Connor Meadows, Yeva & Ivan Stoops, and Julia Miklusicak. He is also survived by his nephews and niece: David Skeen (wife Diana), of Stafford, VA, Doug Skeen (wife Pam) of Evans, WV, Danny Skeen of Ripley, WV and Donna Kay Skeen of Ripley, WV.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two older siblings, Mary Louise Skeen and Bud Meadows.
Corky graduated from Ripley High School, West Virginia in 1966 and has loving memories of the years there as well as the reunions later. He graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV in 1970 with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Upon graduation, Corky started his lifelong career with State Farm Insurance Co in Frederick, Maryland as an Administrative and Technical Trainee for the Fire Company. Later he transferred to the corporate office in Bloomington, IL where he made contributions across the company including Accounting, Learning and Development, Human Resources, and Creative Services.
He retired in March 2011, after 41 years, as an Assistant Vice-President of the Creative Services department. Corky enjoyed working with people throughout the organization, serving as a mentor and collaborator to help others reach their goals and also making lifelong friends. Most of all, he was incredibly proud and grateful for his years working in the Creative Services department with such a wide-range of truly talented individuals. One of his many accomplishments in Creative Services was when his team, and he as Executive Producer , were awarded a Chicago Midwest Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement for Informational Programming of a single public affairs program in 2001.
He thoroughly enjoyed time with his children, stepchildren and grandchildren. He will always be remembered and forever missed.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to:
rescueonespringfield.com (non profit to rescue and help animals) or
leastofthesefoodpantry.org (provides food for those in need in Christian County)
Online condolences may be made at www.adamsfuneralhome.net
Private service and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Cremation is under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.