Leo W. Corbett, 94, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Episcopal Church Home located on Westport Road in Louisville. He had resided at the Episcopal Home since February of 2013. He was born in Louisville, but moved to Bardstown, with his family when he was 17. He attended St. Joe Preparatory School from 1939 to 1940 where he played center for the St. Joe Prep basketball team that went to the state championship game in 1940.
In 1940, Leo received a scholarship to attend the Kentucky Military Institute where he also played basketball. After two years he enlisted in the U.S. Army
Air Corps and served almost two years before he was injured in World War II
. After being discharged from the Air Corps he returned to Bardstown and married Martha LaVerne Hall in 1944. He and LaVerne spent most of their married life residing on Fifth Street.
He was a life long member of the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto Cathedral and a member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. He worked at the Kentucky Standard Publishing Company for more than 30 years as a printer and linotype operator.
Leo was a devoted husband and father who was known for his positive attitude, captivating smile, sense of humor, and passion for gardening.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Horace (Hardy) Corbett, Eleanor (Corbett) Hendershott and Joseph Corbett.
Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, LaVerne Hall Corbett who also resides at the Episcopal Church Home; three children, Karlton Corbett Ballard (Leon), Rob Corbett (Dr. Kathleen Corbett), and Sr. Katherine Corbett, OSU of the Louisville Ursuline Sisters; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, Richard Ballard and son Corbett, Ben Corbett (Tara) and children Ella and Toby, Colin Corbett Fathergill (David) and daughter, Nyssa, Casey Corbett Fein (Scott), and daughter, Sylvie, Kely Corbett Chappell, (Aaron), and daughter Zoey, Timothy Corbett and son Kai, and youngest granddaughter, Kristen Corbett.
A funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto Cathedral in Bardstown. The Rev. Bill Hammer will officiate.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Monday, July 21, and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Barlow Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to the
. Barlow Funeral Home
is in charge of arrangements.