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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