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Cory S. Astrup

Cory S. Astrup

March 22, 2017


Cory Steven Astrup, age 28, passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ as a result of complications from surgery.  Cory had battled Crohn's Disease for more than 16 years.

Cory was born on April 15, 1988.  He grew up in Eau Claire, WI.  Cory attended Sam Davey Elementary, Northstar Middle School and Eau Claire North High School. During high school, Cory played trombone for the NHS marching band.  He was also afforded the opportunity both in high school and after his 2006 graduation to play with the UWEC Blugold Marching Band.  Cory enjoyed his time in band, and so valued the many friends he made doing so.

It was during high school that Cory developed his love and appreciation for the food service industry. He worked at a few local restaurants. This eventually led Cory to a management position at Friday's in Fargo, North Dakota, where he lived for two years. In September 2016, Cory moved to Tempe, Arizona for the promise of warmer weather and a management position with Raising Cane's. Cory was never able to start his job there, but this wonderful organization held this position for him for months and it was an important piece of what kept Cory going.

Cory lived his life the way we all should. He was an easy-going, quick-witted guy. He put the needs of everyone else first. Cory cared for and loved people and everyone enjoyed and loved Cory. His warm and engaging personality lit the room. Even when Cory was not feeling well, he was most worried about how others were doing. He continued to wear a brave face and crack jokes. Cory's favorite things were books, movies, music, game shows and comic books, particularly The Green Lantern. He enjoyed and was frustrated by watching his MN Vikings.  He also enjoyed watching the MN Wild. He spent hours playing with his beloved dog, Oswald, who brought him so much love and joy.

Cory is survived by his parents, Joelle and Steven Astrup; brother, Cole Astrup; partner in life, Rachel Nokken and their dog, Oswald.  In addition, Cory is survived by grandparents, Karen and Fran Celski, James and Mary Mallett; great-grandparents, Eugene and Irene Wittmann; aunts and uncles, Jan and Troy Jiskra, Brett and Cathy Mallett, Tricia Mallett and Joey Zocher, Troy and Sandra Astrup; and a group of close-knit cousins who were like brothers and sisters to Cory.  He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ronald Astrup.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to Dr. Lynn Calcote of Affliated Colon and Rectal Surgeons, P.C., of Phoenix, Arizona, the nurses and staff (particularly of the 7th floor patient tower) at Banner University Medical Center of Phoenix, Arizona, James and the crew from Texas Roadhouse of Tempe, Arizona, and the countless friends, family members and co-workers, whose love and support is holding us together during this time. 


Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017 at Hope Lutheran Church (in Eau Claire on the corner of Starr Avenue and Eddy Lane) with Reverend Rick Lund officiating

Visitation: from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home and also one hour prior to service at church. Evergreen Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

In lieu of plants or flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Cory to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).