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Gerald Duane “Jerry” Corbin, age 63 of Buffalo, MN, formerly of Sebeka, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, after four courageous years battling cancer, on August 29th.

He was born on August 28th, 1959, in Wadena, Minnesota, son of Duane and Ardyth (Kasper) Corbin. Jerry attended Sebeka High School and graduated with the class of 1977. After high school, he enlisted to serve in the United States Army. He proudly served from 1977 until he was honorably discharged in 1980. Stationed with the United States Army Garrison Schweinfurt, Germany, he earned the decorations of Sharpshooter-M-16 Rifle, and Expert, Hand Grenade during his time as a cannon crewman. While living in Germany, he met Elke Elise (Pressler) Corbin and was joined in marriage in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 8th, 1980. Together, they raised two children and had four grandchildren.

They moved back stateside while their children were young and Jerry enrolled at Alexandria Technical college for woodworking and carpentry. In 1986, he entered into the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (V.I.C.A.) Skills Olympics for his expert woodworking where he placed first in Minnesota and went on to represent Minnesota in the nationwide event, placing third. Jerry continued in a successful general contracting career building houses, known for his quality work, unmatched creativity, and attention to detail; working alongside his son for many years and including work on HGTV and DIY network shows where he was affectionately known as “Pops.”

Jerry was known as an avid hunter and fisher who loved to share stories and his game meat. He loved the thrill of the hunt, traveling to find the big game, but, he felt the most at home surrounded by his family, hunting together on his family land every year. Whether they got the big one or not didn’t matter to him as long as he was surrounded by as much of his family as possible, sharing all the stories from previous years. It was always more about returning to where it all began and coming back together, no matter how far life had taken you away.

More than anything, he loved to share stories, pictures, and accomplishments of all four of his grandkids. He was never more proud than when he was talking about something one of his grandkids did or could do. His grandchildren were his true pride and joy which was evident in his eyes any time he talked about them or while he was watching them during any milestone, big or small.

Jerry had a positive, can-do attitude when it came to challenges and life. Even in the face of adversity, he always believed that he could do it, whether that be something to accomplish in life, the job at hand to figure out, or battling for his life.

Preceded in death by his father, Duane. Survived by his mother, Ardyth; wife, Elke (Pressler) Corbin; two children, Jessica (Kevin) Rosenquist and Andre (Tara) Corbin; four grandchildren; and six siblings.

Memorial Service is planned for September 16, 2022 at 11:30 AM with visitation beginning at 10:00 AM at the Buffalo Covenant Church in Buffalo, MN. Reception to follow at the church.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Val and Odie

    Jerry will be truly missed loved that man! So 😞 prayers to you all

  2. Ray and Cheryl Seibert

    Jerry was a great friend. Ray grew up with Jerry and his siblings. He has many happy memories including going to Jerry’s birthday parties. Hugs to you Elke and family.

  3. Rick Mattson

    Sending you my sympathy. I graduated with Jerry from High School and have lots of good memories.

  4. Joe Franklin

    Dear Elke, Jessica, Andy and Family; I’m shocked and really don’t know what to write except that. We’re very sorry and sad to hear of your loss and send our deepest condolences from Germany, we were always hoping that we could all get together again. Jerry was such a great and positive person that will never be forgotten, it’s a loss for us all. We wish you the best.
    Love Joe, Angie & Nicole Franklin

  5. Joe Franklin

    Dear Elke, Jessica, Andy and family; We’re at a loss for words and send our deepest condolences from Germany. We were always hoping that we could all get together again, Jerry was such a friendly and positive person his passing is a loss for us all. I’ll never forget our ARMY times in A Battery the 1st. and 10th. Field Artillery, working together at Fichtel & Sachs or when you visited us in Nürnberg and West Virginia. We wish you all the best for the future. Love Joe, Angelika and Nicole Franklin


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