From a contemporary press report
Colonel Roy Gilman Corbett, USMC, retired, 71, of Sun City Center, Florida, died on October 31, 2003 after a courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig¹s Disease). He is dearly missed and survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jean; son Jim
Corbett and is wife Maddie of Charlottesville, Virginia; daughter Kathy Kelly Walker and her husband Don of Jonesboro, Georgia.; daughter Pam Corbett of Reston, Virginia.; five grandchildren; brothers Albert of Middlebury, Vermont., Marshall of Libby, Montana, and sister Geraldine of Hamp-den Massachusetts He is predeceased by his mother, Doris Keene Corbett, his father, Gerald Albert
Corbett, and stepmother Evelyn Daniels Corbett.
Roy was born in Colebrook, New Hampshire, in 1932. He was graduated in 1954 from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he studied physical education and met his wife, Jean. He received his master of science degree at Washington State University and his CAGS in education from Rhode Island College.
Roy was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in March, 1956, and ultimately rose to the rank of colonel. Roy, a Vietnam veteran, was recognized for his outstanding service by receiving a number of awards, including the Decorated Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medical, and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V.”
After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1982, Roy served as museum administrator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. He retired in 1993, and he and Jean settled in Sun City Center, Florida.
Roy was an active member of his community, serving as vice president of the Wedgewood III homeowners' association, president of the Sun City Center
Chapter of TROA, a Deacon at United Community Church, Deputy Captain of the Sun City Center Security Patrol, and a member of the ROC board at Freedom Plaza.
Roy was an avid golfer, who loved sports and appreciated simple pleasures, such as observing the birds surrounding his home. He was a loving husband and father who always put his family first. Roy's dedication to his beliefs, his service to his community and his service to his country exemplified his personality and left lasting contributions. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 8 at the United Community Church in Sun City Center. Roy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to United Community Church, 1501 LaJolla Avenue, Sun City Center, Florida 33573, or The ALS Association
(www.alsa.org), 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, California 91301.
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