James T. Corle, retired attorney
James T. Corle of Wilmington passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, after a battle with kidney cancer.
Jim was born in rural Jay County, Ind. in 1927. Growing up on a farm taught him the values of hard work and determination. These values propelled him through an engineering degree at Purdue University where he was also a member of Theta Tau fraternity and a member of the glee club. He later attained a law degree from Indiana University. This combination of degrees was perfect preparation for his 38-year career as an international patent attorney for DuPont. Jim also served his country in the Army, attaining the rank of lt. colonel.
Volunteering, singing and gardening were always a part of his life. He combined these activities as a 55-year member of the Aldersgate choir and as a master gardener, managing the call in line for many years. He was also active in various civic associations throughout his life, frequently serving as president. After retirement he worked extensively with Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Jean; and his sons James T. Jr. and Kenneth. He is survived by his daughter Sarah (Sally) Thomas, her husband Andy and grandchildren David and Claire of Perth, Australia; daughter-in-law Sonia Corle of Lewes; as well as siblings Donna Tharp of Eaton, Ind., Richard Corle of Baudette, Minn., Virginia Siggins of Clearfield, Pa., Ruby Wagner of Muncie, Ind., Jennie Corle of Schererville, Ind. and Joann Schosek of Lancaster, Ohio.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 14, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington. A memorial service will be held at the Methodist Country House at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, 4830 Kennett Pike, Wilmington. Interment will be private
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County, 1920 Hutton Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 or Aldersgate United Methodist Church Choir, 2313 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803.