Corey Been, 28, Austin, TX, formerly of Belmond, died unexpectedly on Oct. 4, 2021 from injuries suffered in a bicycle accident. Services were held Oct. 18 at Ewing Funeral Home in Belmond. A private family burial was held in the Belmond Cemetery.
Corey James, son of Rodney and Laurie (McLaughlin) Been, was born March 10, 1993 in Clarion. The family made its home in Belmond where Corey attended Belmond-Klemme School. He participated in track, cross- country, football and baseball. While in high school, Corey found his love and passion for music. He sang in the choir, played guitar for the swing choir, and had a band “Stone Mountain” with his buddies Anthony, Ricardo, Sloan and Luke. During his school years Corey helped with the family business and was also a Reminder carrier. He graduated with the Class of 2011.
After high school, Corey attended DMACC in Ankeny before returning to Belmond to help his Dad at Printing Services, Inc. Being a free spirit, Corey followed his heart and moved to Austin in 2013. He loved everything about Austin: the weather, the atmosphere, the people, and especially the music scene. Corey worked various jobs in Texas, including construction, food prep, as a waiter at Cover 2, and most recently at La Quinta Inns and Suites. Here he was able to take care of others, especially during the spring ice storm of 2021. He really enjoyed working with the hotel staff and making sure the guests’ needs were met.
While in Texas, Corey continued his love for music and playing live. He played with several bands, including “We Are Fossils” and “37 Circles”. He really enjoyed jamming in downtown Austin with the pickup bands, which honed his skills even more. He became an incredible guitar player and musician. Corey’s passion was rewarded with great friendships with his fellow musicians. He also recorded several albums, converting his apartment into a recording studio.
Corey truly loved his family and spending time with them. The family took many trips together, including their favorite trip to Europe. Corey’s family loved him for his fearless, adventurous, loving, and upbeat personality. They were very proud of him for pursuing his love of music and being a genuine and true person to himself and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Loren “Tony” and Margaret McLaughlin, and paternal grandfather Merle Been.
Corey is survived by his parents Rodney and Laurie Been of Belmond; sister Dana of Ankeny; brother Nathan of Hampton; paternal grandmother Doris Been; aunts and uncles Steve (Jeri) Been, Joni (Brian) Worden, Mike (Jill) McLaughlin, Kathy Cordle, Theresa (Kim) DeWitt, Pat (Wanda) McLaughlin, John (Monica) McLaughlin, Chuck (Carla) McLaughlin, and Matthew (Melanie) McLaughlin; along with numerous cousins, great aunts, and many friends both near and far.