Lt. Col. William E. Corson, 85, of Muncy, died Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Heritage Springs, Montoursville.
Born in Muncy on November 1, 1936, he was the son of the late Woodrow W. and the late Marjorie R. (Hitesman) Corson. On July 2, 1960, Bill married Elder Ann E. Merritt, who predeceased him on November 11, 2010. Together they celebrated 50 years of marriage.
Bill was a 1954 graduate of Muncy-Muncy Creek High School. He attended Penn State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lycoming College in 1959. He did graduate work at Bucknell University.
Bill was a career Air Force officer with 28 years of service. He was posted to Strategic Air Command (SAC) at a B-52 bomber base in Oklahoma for four years, then posted to the USAF Academy for 25 years. Bill was also a history teacher at Warrior Run High School for 32 years. He retired from the Air Force and Warrior Run High School in 1991.
He was a member for over 50 years of Muncy Masonic Lodge #299 F&AM, Williamsport Consistory AASR, Irem Temple Shrine, Imperial Teteque Masonic Band and life member of American Legion Post #323, Watsontown. Bill has also served as Past President of the National Sojourners, the Muncy Historical Society and the REPASZ Band. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Ducks Unlimited, the National and Pennsylvania State Education Associations, the National and State Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and was a founding member of the American Air Museum in Great Britain. Brittany.
His military awards included the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal – two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Medal of National Defense Service, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal and the Commemorative Cold War Victory Medal.
He is survived by one son, William Eaton Corson, of Muncy; one niece, Pamela Jo Corson; a nephew, Mark R. Corson and a good friend, Dr. Carmen Spinney.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Roger Corson.
Friends will be received Monday from 6 to 8 p.m., in Grenoble, 121 S. Main St., Muncy, where the funeral will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Ben Lander, celebrant.
Burial with full military honors will follow at Muncy Cemetery.
The family will provide the flowers and suggest that memorial contributions be made to the Muncy Historical Society, 10 N. Main Street, Muncy, PA 17756; St. Andrew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 S. Main Street, Muncy, PA 17756; The Warrior Run Fort Freeland Heritage Society, PO Box 26, Turbotville, PA 17772 or charity of choice.
The family is assisted by Grenoble’s, 121 S. Main St., Muncy.
Expressions of sympathy can be shared on www.grenoblefuneralhome.com.