He was born Jan. 18, 1926, in Parma, Mo., as the son of John B. and Bertha M. Woolsey Corlew.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army with the 4th Air Supply Squadron Manila Philippines until his Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant April 13, 1947.
He worked as a forklift operator for more than 42 years at Delco Remy General Motors plant in Anderson, Ind. He was a member of the VFW, NRA, life-member of the American Hunting Club, North America Fishing Club and the First Christian Church, Brazil.
He married Nancy D. White Dec. 28, 1984, in Tipton, Ind. She survives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Arthur Corlew, sisters June Virginia Fletcher, Nina Illine Farley, Betty Jo Micheli, Jesse Delphina Corlew, Freda Christina Corlew and Dorothy Corlew.
He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughter Susan Elaine Rogers (Randy), sons Timothy Wayne Corlew (Linda), Emry Thomas Corlew (Debby), Wendell Ray Gann, and Randell Edward Gann (Clare), brothers Tony B. Corlew (Katie) and Johnny E. Corlew (Audrey), sister Lena Fay Daugherty (Joe), 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and other extended family members.
Moore Funeral Home was chosen to provide cremation services. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m., Jan. 16, 2010, at First Christian Church, Brazil.
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