Colonel Robert Russell Corbell II (USAF Ret.)
August 15, 1934 - May 24, 2014
Col. Robert Russell Corbell II made his final takeoff, after a long and courageous battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, on May 24, 2014,at his home with his wife of 61 years and his children at his side.
"Bob" was born August 15, 1934 in Waco, Texas to Robert Russell and Dorothy Corbell. On August 15, 1953 he married his jewel for life, LaNelle Tindell. They were blessed with four children; Ricki, Robbi, Russell and Randy.
In May of 1952 Bob graduated from Waco High School and enrolled in Baylor University where he served in the Reserve Officer's Training Corp (ROTC) for four years. In 1956 he graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force
on Active Duty on March 1, 1956.
In July of 1957 Bob received his Pilot Wings. In1965 he served his first tour in Vietnam as a Reconnaissance Pilot, and flew 218 Combat Missions in the RF4C Phantom aircraft. In 1975 he served as the Director of Operations for Reconnaissance in Thailand. Bob retired in May 1986 as the Commander of the 124th Wing of the Idaho Air National Guard.
His achievements, medals, and accommodations during his Military Career include: The Legion of Merit, the Air Force Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal w/10 OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/5 OLC, Combat Ready Medal w/2 OLC, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/2 OLC, Humanitarian Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal w/7 OLC, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, State of Idaho Distinguished Service Medal, the State of Idaho Emergency Duty Ribbon, State of Idaho Service Ribbon, and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
In 1986 shortly after his retirement from his amazing career in the United States Air Force, and the Idaho Air National Guard, Bob launched a new career as a lobbyist for numerous business entities in Idaho. Bob loved Idaho Politics and was very successful in his second career.
Bob is survived by his wife of 61 years, LaNelle, his children Ricki (Harvey) Richards, Russell Corbell, Robbi (John) Barrutia and Randy (Jana) Corbell along with his brother, Donald Corbell and brothers in law Bob(Sandy) Tindell, Frank(Kay) Tindell and Kenneth (Sandy) Tindell,13 grandchildren, an abundance of great grandchildren, and several nieces.
The family enjoyed spending quality time at their home in Lowman where they became members of a second community of love and fellowship.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the entire staff at St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) for the love and care they provided Bob, and LaNelle, during their heroic battle with cancer. There are no words to express the appreciation that the family has for the kindness and respect that Bob received from his MSTI Family, he loved them all so much and they will forever be in our hearts.
Graveside Services will be Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 1 PM at the Idaho Veteran's Cemetery under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Cobbley from the Lowman Community Church officiating.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent in Bob's name to St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) or the Lowman Community Church.
"Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings as Eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." Isaiah 40:31