Jack H. Corbit, of Cassopolis

Published 9:42 am Monday, April 18, 2016

Sept. 20, 1926 — April 14, 2016

Jack H. Corbit

Jack H. Corbit

Jack H. Corbit, age 89, of Cassopolis, died peacefully Thursday morning, April 14, 2016, in Lakeland Health Care in Niles, in the comfort and presence of his family.

He was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Cassopolis, Michigan to Walter and Ethel (Buckhold) Corbit. He married Ida Mary Probst May 3, 1947, in Roseland, Indiana. She survives. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Jean Ellen Corbit.

Jack served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He had proudly served as a member of the combined Honor Guard of the Lt. William E. Lozier V. F. W. Post 10704 and the Efton James American Legion Post 206. He was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge as well as the Amvets and the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts. His family describe him by saying, “Jack did everything but sky dive.” He owned several service stations in Cassopolis. Jack was known as “The Onion Man” for all of the onions he sold every year to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children. He had been a volunteer Cassopolis Firefighter for 37 years and helped found the local Ambulance Service.

Jack will be greatly missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of more than 68 years, Ida (Probst) Corbit of Cassopolis; one son and daughter in law, Danny and Pauline Corbit, Sr. of Cassopolis; two granddaughters, Pam (husband, Roy) Beckrow of Caro, Wendy (husband, Scott) Premo of Peck; one grandson, Dan Corbit, Jr. of Cassopolis; eight great grandchildren, Brandon Corbit of Peru, Indiana, Brandon Beckrow of Caro, Dakota Steele of Silverwood, Kody Corbit-Watts, Dustin Steele, Gabriel Premo, Chloe Premo, and Jacob Premo; one brother- and sister-in-law, James and Jean Corbit of Dowagiac; one brother in law, Marvin Probst of Dowagiac; one sister-in-law, Dorothy Acton of Appaloosa, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather Sunday, April 17, 2016, from noon until time of service at 2 p.m. in Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 202 North Broadway Street, Cassopolis. Funeral services will be under the auspices of Penisular Lodge # 10, F. and A. M. of Dowagiac followed by Military Honors provided by active members of the U.S. Navy and the Honor Guard of the Lt. William E. Lozier V.F.W. Post 10704 of Cassopolis, Michigan.

Mr. Corbit’s remains will be laid to rest in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Cassopolis, Michigan.

The family prefers donations be made in Jack’s name to either, Cass County Medical Care Facility, 23770 Hospital Street, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031, or, Cass County Council on Aging, Post Office Box 5, Cassopolis, Michigan 49031.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Connelly Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Cassopolis. Please share a memory or a message online: wagnercares.com.