Dr. Lynn K. Corder
Our father, Dr. Lynn K. Corder, 85, of Albion Pa, passed away on Wednesday (Feb. 3, 2021) following a brief illness. Dad (Pops) was born on November 17, 1935, in Fairchance, Pennsylvania. 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 Bartons 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 was hired as a history and reading teacher in the Willoughby-Eastlake School District outside of Cleveland, Oh. January, 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 PhD of Education from Case Western Reserve University. Through the years dad devoted his life to many causes to advance the education of kids and adults alike. This helped to fulfill his personal drive as well as support our growing family. He was appointed as the Director of The Lake County Ohio Head Start, Director of the Lake County Mental Health Association, and 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 those we are aware of. In August of 1979, Dad accepted his first assignment as a superintendent of schools in the Fort Frye School District in Beverly, Oh. 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 was hired by 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 were grounded in his fundamental believe 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, Oh, Craig (Bridget) of Painesville, Oh, Courtland (Jackie) of Olean, NY, Colleen (Steve) Lombard of Edinboro, Pa, Clinton Corder of Albion, Pa, and Clayton (Missy) Corder, of West Springfield, Pa; Fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren; 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.”; Dad was predeceased by His parents, Paul and Louise Corder, a sister, Jocelyn Groves, and two brother in laws, Tom Walters and Jack Groves. 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 8th. You can live stream the service by getting on the facebook page for Albion Grace United Methodist Church. We are not accepting flowers for the service. 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
I am shocked and saddened to hear of the loss of your Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and great Grandfather. He truly was a Christian man, dedicated to his family, education and kids. He was fun, and had a great sense of humor! Even though I haven’t seen you all in such a long time, friendship overrides that and I will miss him very much. I miss you all very much.
I am so sorry. My prayers for healing for all this dear family. God’s Peace.
Our deepest sympathy to the Corder Family on your loss. The community has lost a Friend, Educator, Family Member and above all a truly wonderful person. Although Dr. “C” has departed the earth his impact on the community will live forever.
Our love and prayers go out to all of you. I lovingly called Lynn “Turkey” all my life. He was the light of many of my days in Beverly as a tot & young girl. Turkey, Dolores & family were the best neighbors and friends we’ve ever had. Grew up thinking of them as family & still do. He had a knack for knowing how to cheer you up, make you laugh, surprise you & he made everyone feel like his favorite. People were his passion and his heart was pure gold. Turkey spoke so eloquently of my mom at her memorial service and his words brought us comfort in her loss.
I’m sure she was right there waiting for him with open arms in his home going. I will always treasure the memories of my times with Turkey. He will forever be in my heart. All our love to Dolores and kids as well as extended family. Lifting you in our prayers & holding you close in our thoughts. Love you all.
A true educator - Many Northwestern students benefited when he came to the school district.
Rest easy Lynn.
I know of “Uncle Lynn’s” incredible life and wonderful spirit from his nephew Geoff Groves. Oh the many stories that Geoff told of his beloved Uncle and your family!
What a true gentleman he was.
My thoughts and prayers to all of you.
So sorry for your loss. Lynn was a great man.
He was a much needed light when he arrived in our area. He always had the students in his heart. A stranger would have thought he was was born and raised in this area. He had such strong support for the community. Carole and I will truly miss his kind comments , great smile and true friendship. Our community was blessed to have Lynn as a leader and friend.
He was a wonderful man and teacher I went to northwestern and he was just so nice and always care about all of us I’m so sorry for your loss
Greatness is defined not by what we accomplish, but rather by those we love and make better through empathy and kindness. Doc was a great man and a model for us all on how to serve humanity.
My grandmother, Helen Skinner LeVere, spoke often of the Corder Family, with a big smile and laugher. I’ll be thinking of the entire Corder family as you gather together to share your many memories.
Lynn was a gift to anyone who worked with him! I spent my first 10 years teaching at Kennedy. He supported us, loved the students and created a positive environment for all of us!
I worked under Doctor Corder for many years, he was an awesome man. He will be greatly missed by many. Prayers to the family at this difficult time.
Lynn created an open and unique atmosphere at Kennedy where teachers were able to be themselves and focus on teaching. I feel extremely fortunate as he trusted me to create my own atmosphere for students to thrive. Wonderful memories of happy years thanks to Lynn.
I am so sorry for your loss. Lynn was a compassionate, caring man. As an administrator, he always put the students first on every decision he made. He was a mentor and friend to me. The six years that I worked for him at Fort Frye were the most rewarding of my 39 year educational career. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you guys.
I am deeply sorry for your loss. Lynn was a brilliant and sweet man. While growing up, I thought Lynn was my uncle or some other close relative. He always had hugs, jokes, and sugary treats for us Coleman kids. You all may not be our family by blood, but you will always be family by heart! Sending love, hugs, and prayers for you during this time.
I am so sorry to your whole family. We all think our parents will live forever. He will always live in your hearts and minds. Cherish the memories. I didn’t know him but his offspring are fabulous people.
Uncle Lynnie, words can never describe how much we will miss you. You were a bright light in the lives of so many. To Dolores and family, we love you and send our deepest sympathies.
Lynn touched our community in many ways, and for this we are richer. He loved the District and truly cared for every student. We are blessed that he allowed us to be a part of his life. He will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences to his family.
We were deeply saddened to hear of Lynn’s passing. We will always think of him, and all of his family, at Clear Creek Campground. The world has lost a kind and gentle soul.
Dr. Corder was the nicest person you could find walking the streets of Albion. Always had a smile on his face. Condolences to the family. Very nice obituary.
Dr Corder was a wonderful man who I got to know when my girls were in school. We worked together on different programs for students. He was always thinking of the students and would always be involved with activities which kids participated in. He will be greatly missed but the legend of who he was in the community will live on forever!
Dr. Corder was a great man and a true pillar of the Northwestern community. I was fortunate to have ran into him several times since graduation, usual at the fair. He always knew who I was and asked about my parents. He was still sharp as a tac several years ago when I saw him last. He was truly one of a kind and will be missed for years to come.
Doc was not only an exceptional educator but a close friend that spent his whole life trying to make our community a better place. He will be sadly missed. May God bless him.
My deepest condolences to a wonderful family. I remember them with fond memories from Beverly,OH. Lynn had a way to make everyone welcome.
If Pops was anything like Court (or "Lynn" as we know him at Portville School,) he must have been a wonderful, kind man and an exceptional educator. My condolences to Lynn and and the entire Corder family.
To Colleen, Clayton, and Clinton,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through these difficult times.
Doc will be greatly missed in a community where he made a huge impact over the years he was here. We were blessed to know him and see his heart in many ways,
We are Sorry for your loss and to his Family. He always Had a Smile and very caring person.
Dear, Colleen ( and family)
As you grieve the loss of your dear Dad, and celebrate his amazing life, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Lisa
He was such a wonderful man! He always had a smile when he would greet you, spoke to everyone, and always shook hands as he was expressing kind words. We will certainly miss him, he was a huge asset to this community. May God grant you all peace and strength in these coming days.
It is difficult to find someone who cared as much about Northwestern School District as Dr. Corder. I will miss his 1,000 watt smile whenever he walked into Grace United Methodist Church on any given Sunday. He had a positive influence on students, community members, and church friends. RIP knowing that you made a difference Lynn..
Praying for Kailyn and her family during this time of loss.
Sending our condolences and our love to everyone in the Corder family.
What a great man! I remember him fondly. Prayers to his wonderful family.
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Papa, the leader of my favorite family. He was truly amazing and I see so much of him, his kindness, and love in all of you. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this time. Love, Lauren
Dr Corder was a wonderful person who would always stop and talk to you whenever he saw you. My children loved having them as their superintendent! My prayers are with your family.
Lila and I are so very sorry for your loss. Thinking and praying for you all.
My heart breaks for all if you. Your dad was a great man with a great family! I remember him letting us go to the Jr. High dance when we were about 8 yrs old. I was a fixture at the Corders and always felt so welcome. I miss my Colleen - my first best friend but always remember how much fun we had! Love to you all. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
We are so sorry for your loss! Lynn and your family will always be special to us! Terry really enjoyed working with him when he was on the school board. We love you guys!
Your “Pops” was truly an incredible promoter of excellence in education. We were not aware of his influence in both Ohio and Pennsylvania! Tia never said much about Lynn’s life except that she loved him so much. We send our condolences and prayers for your whole family in the passing of your beloved patriarch.
Thinking of and praying for your family!
So sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a love one and especially a parent. Be there for each other and hold on to the belief that you will get hugs from him again. God Bless.