Retired Sgt. Major Juan Paul Correa, 84, of Vine Grove, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Van-derbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.
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Mr. Correa was a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army having served two combat tours, one in the Korean War and one in the Vietnam War. Some of his medals and awards include the Korean Service Medal, United Nation Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, two Bronze Stars (one of which was with valor and two Oak Leaf Clusters), Overseas Service Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Civil Action Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and Meritorious Service Medal. He was a member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Vine Grove, a college graduate and Kentucky Colonel. Some of his hobbies included fishing, gardening, old westerns, animals and University of Kentucky basketball, but his true passion was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Ramon and Arcadia Correa; four brothers, Juan Ramon Correa, Albert Jose Correa, Carlos Correa and Rolando Miguel Correa; and one sister, Rosa Maria Correa.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Heidi S. Correa of Vine Grove; three sons, Paul Correa and his wife, Emily, of Bowling Green, Luis Correa and his wife, Lisa, of Bowling Green and Mike Correa and his wife, Charlotte, of St. Louis, Mo.; one daughter, Tish Correa Osborne and her husband, Pat, of Owensboro; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and PJ Correa, Mallory Osborne, Alyssa Correa and Cooper and Teegan Correa; one sister, Inda Correa; and one brother, Jorge A. Correa.
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Correa is at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Vine Grove with the Rev. Daniel Lincoln officiating. Burial, with military honors, follows in Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Coffey & Chism Funeral Home in Vine Grove. A prayer service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to American Foundation for the Blind, Attention: Audrey Taylor, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102, New York, N.Y. 10121 or any other favorite
Coffey & Chism Funeral Home
769 Highland Avenue
Vine Grove, KY 40175
Published in The News-Enterprise from July 16 to July 17, 2013