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The Best Damn Band In The Land - The Ohio State University Marching Band Alumni

Charles Wayne Corfman

October 8, 1931 - September 30, 2009

Charles W. Corfman, loving husband, father and grandfather, 77, of Holmesville, died Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at The Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus, from complications of heart disease.

Friends may call Saturday from 6 - 8 pm at Roberts Funeral Home, Sherwood Chapel, Wooster. Services will be Sunday at 2 pm at Wooster United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Sherwood Memorial Gardens, Wooster. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, Wayne County Division, PO Box 267, Wooster 44691.

Charles was born October 8, 1931, in Newton Falls, to Vernal Wingate and Florence Avinelle (Morgan) Corfman, and married Janice Mae Krimmer on July 17, 1954. She survives. He was a member of the Warren Junior Military Band when he was 14, and graduated from Newton Falls High School (Ohio) in 1949 and then from The Ohio State University in 1952, where he was a sousaphone player in the marching band. As a charter member of the OSU Alumni Marching Band, he dotted the "i" in Script Ohio in 1982. He was a 50-year member of Wooster United Methodist Church, where he was a faithful member of the Chancel Choir. He performed in many Tuba Christmases and Handel's Messiah performances in the community. Charles was self-employed, selling farm equipment and raising livestock for many years. He was Past Commander-in-Chief of Sons of Union Veterans, member of Given Camp 51, and was a retired Brigadier General of the Sons of Veterans Reserve. He was a 4-H adviser in Holmes County, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was successful on occasions. In addition to his wife, Charles will be deeply missed by a daughter, Pamela I. (Frank) Corfman Smith of Fredericksburg, sons, Richard W. (Sue) Corfman of Orrville, David W. (Julie Shelton) Corfman of Cincinnati, and Daniel W. (Fay) Corfman of Fremont; grandchildren, Heather and Joshua Fath, Christine, Philipp, Kyle, Erich and Amy Corfman; and a brother, John W. Corfman of Columbus.

Charlie played sousaphone in the marching band in 1951. He remained an avid supporter of the band and participated in the Active band, making the twice-monthly 140 mile round trip to reheasal until his death.