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Robert L. Corbin

Corbin Robert L Corbin, born December 12, 1922 passed away on the morning of February 22, 2013. He is predeceased by his parents Lyle and Minnie Corbin of Dayton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Edith Peters Corbin; and daughters, Lynn (Roland) Seiple, of Madison FL., and Carol (Bob) Wilcox of Powell, Ohio. Bob was born in Appleton Wisconsin and moved to Dayton, Ohio at an early age. He graduated from Fairview HS in 1940. After High School he worked at the Rike Kumler Department Store. He enlisted in the U. S Army in October 1944 and was sent to the European War. He was a Prisoner of War in Germany for four months until his escape four months later. He wrote a book about his POW experiences called "Captured". Following the war he graduated from Otterbein College and married Ede, his college sweetheart. Following college he began work in the Restaurant business and became owner and president of the Foodcraft Management corp. which operated restaurants in Troy, Dayton, and Columbus. He was president of the Ohio Restaurant Association in 1979 and Restaurateur of the Year the year following. He was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives for the first time in 1977. He served southern Montgomery County with distinction for 24 years. Following his service to the State of Ohio, he served a four year term on Centerville City Council. He was also a past president of the Montgomery Co. Veterans Assistance program. He was proud to be a member the Board of Trustees for Sinclair College from 2004 - 2013. He was also a member of the Dayton Agonis Club, Centerville Rotary, Otterbein 'O' Club, and on the Board of Trustees for the Children's Medical Center. He was an avid golfer and a proud member and past president of Walnut Grove Country Club. He celebrated his 90th birthday there in December 2012. He loved to play Bridge and Gin Rummy and continued to play with his friends up until the last week of his life. He was a great fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes and The University of Dayton Flyers. He was a devoted member of Normandy Church in Centerville. He has been the recipient of many accolade's and awards for his tireless work for the City of Centerville, The State of Ohio, Sinclair College, Otterbein College and many other organizations. His Memorial service will be held on Monday February 25th at Normandy Church, at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow.Condolences may be sent to: Schlientz and Moore.com
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 24, 2013
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