Corbett, Leo W.,
94, died July 17, 2014 at the Episcopal Church Home located on Westport Rd. in Louisville, KY.
He had resided at the Episcopal Home since February of 2013. Leo was born in Louisville, KY, but moved to Bardstown, KY with his family when he was seventeen. 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 US Army Air Core and served almost two years before he was injured in World War II. After being discharged from the Air Core he returned to Bardstown and married Martha LaVerne Hall in 1944. He and LaVerne spent most of their married life residing on 5th St. Leo was a life long member of Basilica of St. Joseph Proto Cathedral and member of the Knights of Columbus for many years. Leo worked at the Kentucky Standard Publishing Co. for over thirty 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.
Leo was preceded in death by his siblings, Horace (Hardy) Corbett, Eleanor (Corbett) Hendershott, and Joseph Corbett.
Leo is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, LaVerne Hall Corbett who also resides at the Episcopal Church Home. He is survived by his three children, Karlton Corbett Ballard (Leon), Rob Corbett (Dr. Kathleen Corbett), and Sr. Katherine Corbett, OSU of the Louisville Ursuline Sisters. He has 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.
Leo's funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Basilica of St. Joseph Proto Cathedral in Bardstown, KY. Rev. Bill Hammer will be officiating. Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2014 and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Barlow Funeral Home in Bardstown. Burial will be at a later date.
Memorial gifts may be made to the
Barlow Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Barlow Funeral Home
2675 E. John Rowan Blvd. Bardstown, KY 40004
Published in The Courier-Journal on July 20, 2014