February 18, 2013

Nicholas Korbe Sr., age 85, died Monday, February 18, 2013, at the Locust Grove Village Nursing Home, LaCrosse, Kansas.

He was born May 6, 1927, in Antonino, Kansas, to Fidelis and Katherine (Unrein) Korbe. He married Martha Marie (Portschy) on May 14, 1951, in Hays, Kansas.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He owned and operated Nick Korbe Cable Tools for many years and retired in 1982. After his retirement he and his wife started Nick Korbe Wood Crafts. He enjoyed his wood shop, fishing, gardening, going to the casino, and loved his family and his grandchildren. He was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Korbe, of the home; one son, Nicholas Korbe Jr. and wife, Connie, Hays, KS; two daughters, Jan Brungardt and husband, Gene, Victoria, KS; Linda Brazda and husband, Dennis, Hays, KS; one half brother, John Hoff Jr. and wife, Dolly, Russell, KS; one sister, Esther Rohleder, Lincoln, NE; one half sister, Charlotte Wilkinson and husband, Dave, Rose Hill, KS; two sister-in-laws, Clara Korbe and Jean Berger, both of Hays, Kansas; 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren, (step grandchildren and step great grandchildren).

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Melvin, Walter and Norman Korbe; one sister, Norma Lang; one grandchild, Kerri Korbe; and one great grandchild, Jenna Jo Brungardt.

Services are 10:00 A.M. Friday, February 23, 2013, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 18th and Vine, Hays, Kansas. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas, with military honors by Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076.

A vigil service will be at 7:00 P.M. Thursday, at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas, 67601.

Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, and from 8:30 to 9:45 A.M. Friday, all at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays.

Memorial to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas. Condolences can be sent
via e-mail to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net