Robert Willard Corn

September 24, 2018


Robert Willard "Junior" Corn, age 89, of Benton, passed away Monday, September 24, 2018, in Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan.

Memorial Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at the Benton American Legion Post #280 of Benton, where Military Honors will be at 3:30 p.m. by the Benton American Legion Post #280 and V.F.W. Post #2671. Family and friends are asked to share memories of Robert at the Celebration of Life Services.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Private family burial will take place at a future date in the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery of Benton.

Robert married the love of his life, Mary (Knight) Corn on November 3, 1984. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary a week prior to her death on November 9, 2009.

He was a retired Veteran, having served in the Korean War and was awarded a good conduct medal with a honorable discharge.

He formerly worked as a coal miner, having worked with Old Ben Coal Company.

He was a family man and loved all of them very much. He always loved playing pranks on everyone and spent most of his days trying to figure out "who to get next" lol. He loved traveling, gambling, fishing, piddling around in his garage, and most of all playing with his little Jack Russell Terrier (Jackie).

Mr. Corn is survived by four children: Judy and Pat Beckman of New Era, Michigan, Brenda Grech of West City, Rick and Diane Corn of Paducah, KY, Barbara and Tony Lopez of Elgin, IL; eight step-children: Randy and Debbie Manning of West Frankfort, Ronnie and Faye Manning of Benton, Donna and Susan Shurtz of Phoenix, Arizona, Bill Manning from Florida, Troy and Kelly Knight of Benton, Jim Dunagan of Benton, Cathie and Robert Chavira of Burleson, Texas, and Kim and Robbie Cochrum of Logan; 33 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren; his best friends, Ray and Margaret Smith.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Lynn Corn; a son David Corn; wife Mary Corn; his parents Willard and Violet Corn; two sisters Ruth Flanagan and Fay Sentel; a brother Lee "Bud" Corn; and a son-in-law Jerry Grech.

Robert "Junior" will be missed by so many. He was a great man and a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was always there for anyone that needed a helping hand.

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Service Information

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 13, 2018
Benton American Legion Post #280
311 South Main Street
Benton, Illinois 62812

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