We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Curtis A. Heath Funeral Home, Inc.
Ira Ray Corbin, 88, 376 Hill St., Cassville, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, at Guardian Altoona, formerly Hillview Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Altoona.
Born April 18, 1933, at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon, he was a son of the late Oscar Francis Corbin and Mary Emma Hight. He was united in marriage to Shelvy J. Foor March 1, 1969, at Trinity Assembly of God, Huntingdon. Mrs. Corbin preceded him in death Dec. 3, 2021.
Mr. Corbin is survived by a daughter, Laurie J. Nearhood, Robertsdale, a son, Ira R. Corbin II, Cassville, and a grandson, Timothy W. Nearhood, Robertsdale, a student at Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport.
He was preceded in death by his father, who died Nov. 30, 1969, and his mother, who died Dec. 21, 1976.
Mr. Corbin served in the United States Army, having enlisted in August 1950. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He served in Inchon, Korea, with the 10th Combat Engineer, BN 3rd Infantry Division for 10 months and in Pusan, Korea, on the breakwater for six months.
He left Fort Belvoir for Karlsruhe, Germany, spending a total of 54 months in Germany. He also served in Vietnam for an 18-month tour. He returned to Fort Lewis, Washington, for additional training and was then sent to Mytho, Vietnam.
Mr. Corbin received his certificate of qualification for master instructor at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, Feb. 13, 1974.
He retired as Staff Sergeant, Chief Warrant Officer 2 from Fort Belvoir, Virginia Oct. 1, 1975. His primary specialty was engineer equipment mechanic and his secondary specialty was chaplain assistant. He earned the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), United Nations Service Medal, Korea Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Letter of Appreciation, Sharpshooter M14, Sharpshooter, Carbine.
He received the Ambassador for Peace Medal in December 2019 in recognition of service and sacrifice in helping to reestablish the Republic of Korea as a free nation.
Mr. Corbin worked as a bank courier for Unitas Bank/Unitas National Bank/UNB for approximately 20 years
He attended the one-room school at Hawns Bridge and attended Huntingdon High School for two years. He earned his GED in the military and completed the diesel mechanics program at Williamsport Technical Institute, Williamsport.
Mr. Corbin was a founding member of Beavertown Bible Church, Todd.
Funeral service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Beavertown Bible Church, 17758 New Fording Road, Todd, with the Rev. Jeffrey Knepper officiating. Interment will be made in the Cassville Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 12.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in memory of Mr. Corbin to the Beavertown Bible Church or the Trough Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Co.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Curtis A. Heath Funeral Home Inc., Broad Top City. Online condolences can be made at www.caheathfh.com