James E. "Jim" Corley, 86, of Sandusky, passed away early Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2007, at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Bay Minette, Ala. He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, having served on the US Cutter "Crocus" during WWII. For many years he worked as a master carpenter at Philco Company and later for Chrysler Plastics, from which he retired in 1986. He was an avid organic gardener and was known for his tomatoes and hot peppers. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and in his earlier days he coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball teams.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Helen (Brengartner) Corley; children, Don (Kim) Corley of Sandusky, Sandy Doerner of Columbus, Pam Woodruff of Sandusky and Amy (Lloyd "Butch") Rockwell of Sandusky; 10 grandchildren, Mary Beth, Tevon, Emily, Niki, Bryan, Stephanie, Samantha, Brandon, Amber and Ashley; five great-grandchildren, Morgan, Matthew, Riley, Owen and Bailey; sisters, Helen Overstreet and Ruth Barac; brothers, Horace (Rose) Corley, Jesse (Margaret) Corley and Roy (Bonnie) Corley, all of Bay Minette, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover Cleveland and Myrtle (Miller) Corley; son, James T. Corley (1963); brother, Clarence Corley; three sisters, Crystal Virginia, Annie Lucielle and Patricia Corley.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, where prayers will be recited at 9 a.m. Thursday. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky. The Rev. Doug Garand will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sandusky.
Contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Columbus, Ohio, 6600 Busch Blvd., Suite 210, Columbus, OH 43229 or to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870 or to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 429 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.