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Robert W. Corbin

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Robert W. Corbin, 77, Ashland, Ohio, died Sunday evening, Dec. 28, 2008, at MedCentral Health System in Mansfield, Ohio, after a valiant battle with melanoma cancer.

The eldest son of the late Ira Wayne Corbin and Marion Glenn (Barnhart) Corbin, Brazil, he was born Aug. 14, 1931, in Terre Haute.

He spent his formative years in Brazil, graduating in 1953 from Staunton High School.

His first position was at Lambert's Florist Shop at age 13.

This led to his lifelong involvement in all facets of the floriculture industry for 64 years.

He was an alumnus of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and Floriculture in 1953, and he received his Masters of Business Administration from Ball State University in 1964.

Bob was commissioned in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in 1953 and served on active duty during and after the Korean War from 1953-55.

He was a member of the Army Reserves until 1961 and was honorably discharged with multiple decorations and service medals.

Bob was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks and a 50-year member of the Free Masons and the Scottish Rite.

Bob enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling with his wife, including a VOSH trip to the Ukraine.

He loved his family, his friends and neighbors, his work and his co-workers, his country and his God.

He was married on June 15, 1957, at the Congregational Church in South Bend.

Bob is survived by his wife, Dr. Magdalene Dawn (Gaedtke) Corbin. Also surviving are his younger brother James Barnhart Corbin, Terre Haute, daughters Dawn Marie Corbin-Deutsch (John Deutsch), Niangua, Mo., Valeria Diane Corbin, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Elise Gaye (David) Roy of Yuma, Ariz., grandsons Ian A. Corbin-Deutsch, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jason L. Corbin-Deutsch, Pensacola, Fla., and several beloved nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, from 6-8 p.m., at Denbow-Primm-Kemery Funeral Home, Ashland, Ohio, with the funeral service taking place at 8 p.m., at the funeral home, with Rev. James Cox officiating.

Burial will be at Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, at noon, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009.

The family suggests that memorial contributions in his memory may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 1140 Claremont Ave., Ashland, Ohio, 44805, or to the 32nd Masonic Learning Centers of Children, Inc., 33 Marrett Rd., Lexington, Ma., 02421, or to the Ohio Chapter of Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity.

Condolences may be sent to his family by visiting www.dpkfh.com.