Corey Andrew Onderick
Corey was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on April 22, 1988. He was the youngest son of Paul and Janet Onderick of White Bear Lake. He is also survived by his two brothers, Stephen Paul Onderick and Christopher Matthew Onderick, grandmother Charlene Meredith, and many aunts, uncles and friends. He died unexpectedly on April 21, 2020, the day before his 32nd birthday.
Corey was a kind, gentle and generous person, who would always help others in need. He stood up for people who couldn't, and made the world a better place by his actions. He was a caring friend to many.
Corey had an adventurous spirit, and loved to travel the world. He was an avid, year-round cyclist, who rode to Duluth several times, once riding onward to Grand Marais and Thunder Bay, Canada. Corey also cycled from Panama City to Guatemala City with a couple of friends, sometimes staying with villagers who warmly welcomed Corey and his friends into their homes. He also loved bicycling in South Korea (where he also taught English to Korean High schoolers). His latest big trip was riding the Great Divide Trail in the western U.S. He loved the beauty of the US west, and met some kindred souls along the way. Another feat he accomplished was riding across the Mekong Delta in Vietnam on a $40 one-speed bike in six days! Along his many tours, he camped out regularly, but also did some couch surfing.
He traveled to and lived in places throughout the world, including South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, and New Zealand.
Corey was born and grew up in White Bear Lake, Minnesota and attended Centerpoint Elementary, Crosswinds Middle School, Sunrise Middle School, and White Bear Lake High School. He graduated in 2006, and went on to the University of Minnesota in Duluth, where he spent his freshman year.
He then studied at the University of Birmingham, in England, for his sophomore year (study abroad, through U of M Duluth). During his school breaks, he traveled to Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain, and Ireland. Corey also went to Ireland, where he and his brother Steve (who during that semester was in studying in Italy) met in Dublin and went to a well-attended protest. It was pouring rain, but they had a great time! When he returned from England, he spent his final years of college at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He majored in both art and cultural studies, with a minor in film.
After college, Corey went to Gwangju, South Korea and taught English to Korean high school students for one year. During this year, Corey visited both Vietnam and Japan. When Corey went bicycle touring in South Korea with some friends, they stopped at a restaurant that was associated with a goat farm. For lunch he had a dish that included raw goat meat.
When he returned, he completed a course at the United Bicycle Institute in Portland, Oregon and became a professional bicycle mechanic. Corey not only worked as a bike mechanic, he built and kitted-out bikes as well. Later on, he also achieved a welding and metal fabrication certificate from Minneapolis Community and Technical College and then worked as a professional sign fabricator at SignMinds, in Minneapolis. His signs are well-built and very creative, and can be seen across the Twin Cities area.
We will miss him greatly.
Please check back for information about a REMEMBRANCE AND CELEBRATION OF LIFE we will have for Corey.
If Corey were still with us, he would wish that people would come together, help others, and thus make the world a better place. If you wish, rather than sending flowers, please consider donating what you can to NAMI, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, or other charities that help those suffering from depression.