Jack M. Corbin
September 17, 1919 ‒ November 25, 2015
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Jack M. Corbin, age 96, of Mount Gilead, passed away Wednesday, November 25th, 2015, following a brief stay at Mill Creek Nursing Facility in Galion.
Born on September 17, 1919 in LaRue, OH, Jack was the son of the late Carl and Helen (Mills) Corbin. Jack graduated from Agosta High School in 1937. He was voted most likely to succeed in his graduating senior class of six students.
Jack spent all of his childhood years working on the family farm in the LaRue area.
As a young man, Jack was a fiddle player and singer in a local band called the Rhythm Ramblers. They played for dances all around several counties, including playing several times on the top floor of the former Union Store in Mount Gilead, also known then as Levering Hall, which could seat nearly 1,000 people. The band was chosen to play regularly on WMRN Radio in Marion.
Jack married Frances Sheets from Tazewell, VA, and they moved to a farm a couple miles north of Mount Gilead on State Route 61, where he lived for over 40 years, before moving into Mount Gilead.
Along with working on the farm full time, growing crops and raising livestock, Jack also worked many years full time as a Machinist, retiring from Peabody, Galion.
Always keeping busy, a hard worker, Jack was a very good carpenter and handy man. There wasn’t much he couldn’t build or repair. He built additions to the farm house by himself and kept his used farm equipment in working condition which, at time, took a lot of determination and creativity.
A true good neighbor and friend to anyone who needed help, Jack was usually the first to volunteer when someone was in need.
Jack enjoyed new challenges, learning new things. He talked on the CB Radio for many years, building his first radio from a kit he ordered from a catalog. When he was in his 70’s, Jack earned his Amateur (HAM) Radio License, learning Morse code and theory to pass the test to become licensed. He enjoyed talking all over the world: Sweden, Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, even the Vatican once, to name just a few countries. He belonged to a HAM Radio group who meets every Saturday morning for breakfast at a local restaurant.
Jack and his family enjoyed traveling, taking a camping vacation almost every summer. He was fortunate enough to visit almost every state, and Canada many times.
On his 80th birthday, Jack’s children surprised him with a trip on a hot air balloon, which he took with his son Jerry.
He enjoyed watching sports, especially the OSU Buckeye football and basketball games. He also enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds, attending many of their games.
Jack was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church for 66 years. In his younger years, he was very active in the church, at one time was a trustee and helped cook and serve many church dinners and the Fellowship Hall.
He is survived by his daughters from his late wife Frances: Carol Corbin of Mount Gilead, Janet (John) Stemmer and their daughter Claire of Louisville, KY; step-sons from his late second wife Freda: Monty (Francie) LaRue and their children: Chase, Teague, and Emory of North Carolina, Kevin (Amy) LaRue and their children: Nate, Maggie, William and Becca of Michigan.
In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances (Sheets), his second wife, Freda (Parlée), and son Gerald “Jerry” Corbin of Phoenix, AZ.
A private family graveside service was held on Monday, November 30th, 2015 in Rivercliff Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Lori Burdette-Steel.
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