Cory Ryan Mayberry, 49, a loving husband, devoted father and servant to his country, died on Oct. 20, 2023 near his home in West Point, Utah. Just hours before he left us, he hunted ducks as the sun rose over the mountains.
Cory was born Feb. 17, 1974 to Sally Proctor and Kenny Mayberry in Chillicothe, MO. Cory was from a young age a self-taught outdoorsman. He was a tinkerer who loved old cars with personalities as big as his own, including his beloved green Scout and his classic Chevy pickup, which he restored to gleaming condition.
After graduating from Storm Lake (Iowa) High School in 1992, he joined the United States Air Force, and was the source of great pride for his family. As a crew chief mechanic who oversaw maintenance on F-16 jets, he was stationed at Hill AFB, Mountain Home AFB, and Tinker AFB, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Kuwait, Guam, Korea and Japan, sometimes with his family in tow. Many an airman who turned a wrench for Cory counted on “Lowell” for his experience and knowledge, which rarely came without a clever and probably dirty ribbing.
After 20 years, Cory retired as a Master Sergeant and will forever be respected and loved by his Air Force family for his loyalty and leadership. Their many stories of him have provided great comfort in recent days.
After retiring, Cory returned to Utah and worked for KIHOMAC, a contractor where he helped develop systems for vital military equipment.
Cory was an amazing dad to Ash, Drake, Luke and Tommy Mayberry; and to Talbert, McKenzie, Ashlin and Jayden Perry. He took them hunting, fishing, camping and to countless concerts and baseball games. In good times and bad he never failed to provide guidance, love and understanding. He was immensely proud of his kids, and he made sure they knew it. But he still delighted in delivering a good teasing. He enjoyed bringing the kids to Missouri, his cherished home.
Cory so dearly loved his wife, Bonnie Mayberry, who he married in 2019. They always held hands, supported each other in life and career and together ran a household full of love, laughter and the good kind of chaos. He often left her handwritten notes, and in his final one to her, wished her the best on a business trip. The final line read: “Bonnie, I love you so very much and am so grateful for you!”
It is impossible to overstate how much Cory meant to so many people. He was not supposed to leave this world so early, and it’s going to be a lot less fun and interesting without him. In his honor, pet a Labrador (especially Daisy and Chief, his duck hunting sidekicks), cheer on the Royals and Chiefs, play Sturgill Simpson on the jukebox and buy a round for your pals. Thank you for everything, Cory. We love you.
In addition to his wife and children, Cory is survived by his mother, Sally Proctor (Ed Ostervich) of Braymer, MO., father Kenny Mayberry (Tammy Mayberry) of Brookfield, MO., brother Cade Mayberry of Kansas City, MO.; sister Abby Simons of Minneapolis, Minn., parents in-law John and Momma Rhu Griffin of Newton, Utah. Several brothers-and-sisters in law, cousins, aunts, uncles and of course his Air Force family.
He is preceded in death by son Talbert Perry and sister Mandy Mayberry, grandparents George and Tooter Proctor and Clifton and Mary Mayberry and several aunts and uncles.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a bird refuge or take a kid fishing or to a ballgame.
Services will be held Saturday, October 28 at Lindquist’s Roy Mortuary, 3333 W 5600 S in Roy, Utah from 2-4 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later time in Braymer, Missouri.