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Retired Covenant pastor David Lee Coryell died December 6 in Duffield, Virginia. He was 81.

He was born on October 12, 1940, to Lee and Evelyn (Penfield) Coryell in Lansing, Michigan. David earned a degree in law enforcement from Michigan State University and a ministry degree from Briercrest Bible Institute in Carenport, Saskatchewan. He was ordained in a Baptist church. He attended North Park Seminary and transferred his ordination to the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1976. He was also a veteran of the Marine Corps.  

He married Jan Goff on July 25, 1987. They have four children. 

David served as a senior pastor for many churches over 55 years of ministry—in Poplar, Wisconsin (Mission); Maple, Wisconsin (Cloverland); Warburg, Alberta; Breton, Alberta (Breton Covenant); Alder Flats, Alberta; Durban, Manitoba (Valley); Villa Park, Illinois; Miami, Florida (Palmetto); and Florissant, Missouri (Christ). He was serving as pastor of Wallens Creek Covenant Church in Stickleyville, Virginia, at the time of his death. He also served as a volunteer chaplain in the federal prison system and the Lee County Sheriff’s Department.  

He was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching all the Michigan sports teams. He also enjoyed traveling, reading, and making people laugh.  

David is survived by his wife, Jan, and children Colette Ogren, Anita Klobucher (Keith), Heather Buggaller, and Darren Coryell (Lisa); five grandchildren, four sisters, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and his dog Tebow. He was predeceased by his parents and brother, Dallas.  

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wallens Creek Covenant Church (1025 Rhea Rasnic Road, Duffield, VA 24244).  

Peace be to his memory. 


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