Dr. Lynn K. Corder
1935 - 2021
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Our father, Dr. Lynn K. Corder, 85, of Albion, Pa., passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 following a brief illness.

Dad (Pops) was born on November 17, 1935, in Fairchance, Pa. He was the son of Paul and Louise Corder. He graduated high school from Georges Township in May 1953. Dad would meet our mother, Dolores A. Budner, a co-worker at Barton's Flower Shop in Uniontown, Pa. They would eventually marry on December 17, 1957. Our father dedicated his life to education. He cared deeply for the children and the families under his guidance throughout his long working career. Dad received his Bachelor's degree in education from Waynesburg State College in December 1957. He taught history and reading at the Willoughby-Eastlake School District outside of Cleveland, Ohio in January of 1958. He worked for the District for 20 years as an Individualization Specialist and later as a principal at John F. Kennedy Junior High. He also was principal of the Mentor Headlands Elementary School for one year.

Dad received his Master's degree in Reading Education from Kent State University. He later earned his EdD of Education from Case Western Reserve University. Through the years, dad devoted his life to many causes to advance the education of children and adults alike. This helped to fulfill his personal drive, as well as, support our growing family. He accepted jobs as the Director of The Lake County Ohio Head Start, Director of the Lake County Mental Health Association, Chairman of the Alcohol Advisory Council for Lake County, Chairman of the Lake County PTA, and private tutoring for school-aged children just to mention a few organizations that we are aware. In August of 1979, dad accepted his first assignment as a superintendent of schools in the Fort Frye School District in Beverly, Ohio. His focus on students and their families continued throughout his seven years in the district as he took early retirement from the State of Ohio in 1986. That same year, dad worked for the Northwestern School District in Albion, Pa. He would work another 20 years in a community that he grew to love.

Throughout dad's life, he was a champion for the less fortunate and special needs individuals. He had a caring and generous soul, which grounded his fundamental beliefs that there is good in all of us. He was a man with a strong faith and lived the messages he listened to in church each week. We are certain that the family is aware of only a small number of charitable causes and individuals that our father helped throughout his life.

Dad leaves our mother, his beloved "Toots", the six of us, Creston (Tina) of Mentor, Ohio, Craig (Bridget) of Painesville, Ohio, Courtland (Jackie) of Olean, N.Y., Colleen (Steve) Lombard of Edinboro, Pa., Clinton Corder of Albion, Pa. and Clayton (Missy) Corder, of West Springfield, Pa. In addition, there are 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, along with three sisters, Connie Walters, Prue (Joe) Schwirian and Courtney McCahill. Dad would also want us to mention the many nephews and nieces he leaves as they each had a special connection to their "Uncle Lynnie."

His parents, Paul and Louise Corder, a sister, Jocelyn Groves, and two brothers-in-law, Tom Walters and Jack Groves, predeceased dad.

As his children, we know that our words can never completely define the man we simply knew as "Pops". What we know is that the world is a better place due to the life he lived.

The family will be holding a private memorial at noon on Monday, February 8, 2021. The service will be live streamed via the Facebook page for Albion Grace United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Northwestern School District, c/o The Northwestern Wildcat Ventures, 100 Harthan Way, Albion, PA 16401.

The Mattera Funeral Home, 188 East State Street, Albion, is handling the funeral arrangements. To light a memory candle or leave a condolence, please visit www.matterafuneralhome.com.

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Published in Erie Times-News on Feb. 7, 2021.
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February 9, 2021
Mr. Corder was my principal at Kennedy Jr High. He was a very kind and gentle man and was loved by all of us crazy teenagers. My Mom was Part of the PTA and always spoke highly of Mr. Corder. May God bless all of you, and May the memories with your Pop bring a smile to your face.
Cynthia Gallo
Friend
February 9, 2021
Mr. Corder was my principal at Kennedy Jr High. He was a very kind and gentle man and was loved by all of us crazy teenagers. My Mom worked PTA and always spoke highly of Mr. Corder. May God bless all of you, and May the memories with your Pop bring a smile to your face.
Cynthia Gallo
Friend
February 9, 2021
When I was in middle school I had a paper rout in town. Was my first job. Being so young and having to deliver to so many houses before 5 am on school days proved to be very difficult, so I ended up quitting. My last day delivering I had typed a note for each house notifying it was my last day. Well that same day in school first period Dr. Corder pulled me out of class asking me if I had been delivering his paper. I had no idea his house was on my rout. He thanked me for doing it, was proud of my work ethic, and offered to buy me lunch. Forever thankful for moments like that. One of the first lessons I learned in college was "In order for your students to care, an educator must show that they care about their students as people first. " I couldn't help but smile that day thinking back to what I had learned from Dr. Corder all those years ago. You will truly be missed.
nick copeland
February 8, 2021
He was a wonderful man full of glorious spirit. He came in support of the poetry workshop I put on in the youth center in 2019. My condolences for the family. Thasia Lunger
Thasia Lunger
Acquaintance
February 7, 2021
I also was a student at John F. Kennedy JHS in the early 70s. Mr. Corder was one of those folks who you knew you could talk to any time you saw him in the hallway. He was friendly to all of the students. I always had respect for him. My sympathies are with your family as you grieve your loss. May he rest in the arms of God.
Ellen Hannan
Student
February 7, 2021
Dr. Corder was the superintendent of the school system I attended in elementary and middle school. One day in middle school, I missed the bus. I started walking from the school to the my cousins house a couple of blocks away. Unbeknownst to me, Lynn Corder saw me walking, recognized me, and called my mom. Minutes after I got to my cousins house, my mom showed up to get me. I was baffled when she said Dr Corder recognized me. As a kid, it only told me that I needed to watch what I was doing because the big dogs knew who I was But as an adult, it really struck me that I was seen when I didn’t even know I was visible. I was the middle child - stuck between a star student athlete (with a temper ) and a little brother with dyslexia. Rest In Peace, Dr Corder. Thank you for seeing me. ❤
Laura Smith
Student
February 7, 2021
He was a great principal,some of the best times of my life were at Kennedy Jr. High thanks to him. So sorry for your loss, just know he touched so many of our lives there,may he rest in peace he will always be remembered
David Dome
Student
February 7, 2021
My Deepest Sympathy for your loss. Doc was a wonderful friend to all he will be missed deeply>
Judy Koehler
Friend
February 7, 2021
Our deepest sympathies and prayers
Roger and Kris Copeland
Friend
February 7, 2021
Dear Corder Family, I am one of those individuals who was deeply touched by your Pops. I was a student at JFK Junior High in Eastlake. He knew me by name and cared about me! I was pretty much a straight A student, and when I received my first “C”, he called me into his office. He wasn’t upset, he just wanted to be sure I was ok! Also, I am not sure how many years it continued, but I was blessed to be an initiator of Brotherhood Week at our school after Mr. Petrone gave a heartfelt and motivating speech to our music class. Mr. Corder encouraged our efforts and was extremely supportive. I am now 63 years old, a retired Lutheran deaconess, living in California. And one more memory...It was never below Mr. Corder to bend down and pick up a tiny piece of trash! Our classrooms surrounded an open area, so he was very visible as he walked around his school. What a great man! So very sorry for your incredible loss. Please know that prayers are lifted for your comfort and peace. Susan (Raney) Scott
Susan Raney Scott
Student
February 7, 2021
To the Corder family and the Northwestern community,
We offer our condolences on the passing of this wonderful man. Dr Corder was always kind and was so encouraging to all of his "kids." He did so much for our community. Our son, Petie still has the piggy bank that he gave him in kindergarten. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Fondly, Pete, Mary, and Petie Buckoski
Mary E Buckoski
Friend
February 6, 2021
Your father was a super hero to many. As a student of Kennedy Junior High I had the best experience a student could possibly have. He was a true leader creating a school environment that mirrored a warm loving home of learning and respect. He was “dad” to all of his students.
Just last week I was reminiscing with John Petrone about how your father made such a wonderful impact on so many young lives.
Thoughts and prayers to you and your family as well as a big thank you for sharing your father with all us.
May you Rest In Peace Dr. Corder.
Warmest regards,
Noel Overbaugh Cagnina
President of Class 1979
Noel Cagnina
Student
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