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April 29, 1915 - Nov 16, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Thomas was born on April 29, 1915 in Winona, Minnesota, the son of Theodore Corbett and Cecile (Czapiewski) Corbett and passed away on Nov. 16, 2013, at his home. He married Betty DeMars in 1943. Tom had a love for baseball from a very young age. His prized possession was a baseball signed by Babe Ruth which was awarded to him in 1928. He played for the Oklahoma Indians and Tulsa Oilers, 1938-1940, even roommating with his teammate, Dizzy Dean. Tom was an umpire, 1956-1972, and during that time, he also scouted for his favorite team, the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1940, he continued his love for baseball, managing a semi-pro baseball team, the Wilson Packers, for 10 years. He was a longtime supervisor at Wilson and Company until retiring in 1977. He was a handyman, who loved talking about pastimes and politics. He was a charter member of Christ the King Catholic Church and attended Mass every Sunday. He recently resided at St. Ann Retirement Center, where he took part in all activities and loved all the people he was around. Tom loved to fish, travel and go to the casinos every chance he had. He is survived by his daughter, Joan Joyce (Michael), of Fargo, ND; two sons: Steven T. Corbett (Karolyn), of Oklahoma City; and Chris Corbett (Nancy), of Oklahoma City; one brother, Ted Corbett, of Connecticut; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and his companion, Pearl Sparks, of Edmond. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and his wife, Betty, in 2003. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at Smith & Kernke North May Funeral Home, followed by an Evening Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Ann Retirement Center.

Published in The Oklahoman on Nov. 19, 2013
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