Charles F. Correll, 103, WWII and Korea vet, PA state policeman, enjoyed fishing and boating

By on December 21, 2016

Charles F. Correll, 103, of Ephrata, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 at Ephrata Manor.

Born on Oct. 6, 1913 in Tamaqua, to Charles “Roy” and Anna (Bell) Correll, he was the third oldest of eight children, six of whom served in the military.

Charles graduated from St. Jerome’s Catholic High School in Tamaqua and worshipped in the Catholic faith throughout his entire life.

Pre-World War II Charles proudly served four years with the United States Marine Corps where he was able to participate in their amphibious operations research with the Fleet Marine Force.

When World War II started, Charles was recruited by the U.S. Coast Guard to supervise and instruct the handing of dangerous cargo both in the U.S. and Italy.

Following the war, Charles remained in the USCG Reserve and was reactivated for the Korean War. He retired holding a rank of Commander after serving 36 plus years.

Coinciding with his military career, Charles also proudly served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a state policeman from 1937 to 1972. He was in the inaugural Pennsylvania Motor Police Training School Class and rode with the Police Rodeo Team.

Charles was the husband of the late Elizabeth Ann “Betty” (Davis), the mother of his children; and his second wife Alta (Fellenbaum). He was also preceded in death by his son: Richard Charles; and three brothers; and two sisters.

Charles will be lovingly missed by his daughter: Elizabeth Jane of Akron; a sister: Theresa, wife of Dr. Allen Yeakel of Michigan; and a brother: Donald, husband of Nancy, of New Ringgold. He is also survived by a daughter-in-law: Linda of Florida; and Alta’s grandson: James, of South Carolina; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

After retiring, Charles spent his time fishing and boating with his family and friends both in Delaware and Florida. He is well known for his humorous stories which entertained the family on numerous occasions.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend a memorial service with state police honors at the Donecker Chapel at Ephrata Manor, 99 Bethany Road, Ephrata, officiated by Fr. John McLoughlin and Pastor Ed Dickel on Thursday, Dec. 22,  at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends before the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Guiding Eyes for the Blind at 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

To send online condolences, visit Gravenor Home for Funerals, Ephrata, handled the arrangements.

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