Pastor J. Wesley Corbin

Pastor J. Wesley Corbin passed away surrounded by his family Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at age 73. Wes was one of three children born to John Wesley and Pauline Corbin; his two sisters survive him.

He was the beloved husband of Claudette Corbin; deeply loved father of Laurie Corbin (Ken Muzzy) and Linda Corbin-Pardee (Don Pardee); stepfather of Bobbi Lynn (Mike) Meyer and Kym Dueysen; loving grandfather of Kellylyn (Scott) Mackiewicz and Nic Sukup, Matthew and Karleigh Meyer, Hannah and Aaron Pardee and Olga Liapis-Muzzy. He is also beloved by many other relatives and friends.

Wes moved from Pasadena, Calif., to Madison in 1957 with his former wife, Virginia Corbin, where he attended graduate school in the history department at the University of Wisconsin. He earned his bachelorís degree from Pasadena College, now Point Loma Nazarene University. After graduate studies, he became a social worker in Sheboygan, where he was led to become a minister. He attended the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Ill., and was ordained as a minister in the Evangelical United Brethren Church, now the United Methodist Church. Wes was the minister at Wisconsin Evangelical United Brethren/United Methodist churches in Boaz, Arlington, Wauwatosa, Greenfield, Waukesha and Oconomowoc. From 1986 to 1992, he co-hosted an interfaith radio program, Homeward Bound, on WTMJ radio. He was a man of encyclopedic memory, a historian of world and church history, an esteemed Bible-study teacher and an accomplished singer and cook. His love of language made him an inspiring speaker and incorrigible punster.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 4 p.m. service to celebrate his life Saturday, Aug. 30, at Memorial United Methodist Church, 3450 S. 52nd St., Greenfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Memorial United Methodist Church music program or Oak Creek United Methodist Church building fund would be appreciated.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Aurora St. Lukeís CICU for their excellent and heartfelt care and concern.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 827-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.