Meridian Star


October 1, 2013

Dr. Marion Willson Corey

MERIDIAN — Services for Marion Willson Corey will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Mount Moriah and Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64131, with the Reverend John Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Mount Moriah Cemetery.

    Dr. Corey, 81, of Kansas City, Mo., died Saturday, September 28, 2013, at home after a long battle with cancer. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Auburn University in 1954. He went on to earn his Master of Science from Mississippi State University in 1960, and Doctor of Philosophy from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1968, both in Civil Engineering. He was an officer on active duty in the United States Navy for three years and continued with 20 years in reserve duty where he advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After completing his active Navy duty, he became a professor of Civil Engineering at Mississippi State University, where he taught for 37 years. During this time he influenced numerous students through the classes he taught which focused on structural engineering and computer applications. He was a registered professional engineer in Mississippi.

    He worked with Gulf States Manufacturers and was a business owner in Systek, Inc., and Enviro-Labs, Inc., in Starkville, Miss. He did extensive research and consulting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss. He received the Bronze Medal for Commendable Service from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the development of CAPDET, a computer-assisted procedure for the design and evaluation of wastewater treatment facilities, which was produced for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Following his years at Mississippi State University, he retired to Kansas City, Missouri. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather and teacher.  He was kindhearted and loved helping people.

    Survivors include his wife, Kathi McCormick Corey of Kansas City; sons, Mark Corey and his wife Margaret of Niskayna, N. Y., Scott Corey and his wife Leslie of Starkville; a daughter, Nannette Woods and her husband David of Boca Raton, Fla.; grandchildren, Michael and Mary Corey and Cody and Cory Woods; brothers, Lyle Corey II and Robert Corey; and a sister, Rachel Hardee.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Nema Corey; his wife, Nancy Miner Corey; and his brother Alfred Corey.

    Pallbearers will be Michael Corey, Justin Hardee, Dennis Mullaly, Pat Dwyer, Kevin O’Brien, Charlie Glatz, and Kevin McConnell.

    Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.

    Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers.

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