Hershel D. McCorkle, age 90 of Elwood, died Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Community Parkview Care Center in Elwood after an extended illness. He was born October 11, 1923 in Kokomo, the son of Glen and Sarah Anne (Howard) McCorkle. He retired from Delco Remy Corporation in Anderson in 1981 where he worked for more than 30 years in production and machine repair. He was a 1941 graduate of Windfall High School. He served his country in both the United States Army and the Army Air Corps in the European Theater during World War II where he received a Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars. Hershel married Mary “Maxine” Gray on June 26, 1943. He was a devoted member of the First Missionary Baptist Church in Elwood and a former member of Bethel Baptist Church in Elwood. For many years in the spring and in the fall, he and Maxine would travel with friends to Arkansas to camp and fish. He enjoyed spending time in his garage “piddling” with and fixing things. He was a member of the U.A.W. union #662 and a lifetime member of the Elwood V.F.W. Post 5782 and the Disabled American Veterans. Hershel was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed watching I.U. Basketball and the Cincinnati Reds. He enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, and especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play.
Hershel’s family includes his wife of more than 70 years, Mary “Maxine” McCorkle of Elwood; son, Hershel A. (wife Mary L.) McCorkle of Anderson; 3 daughters, Teresa Blake of Elwood, Vicky Legg (companion Earl McGinnis) of Elwood, and Anita Scott (companion Mary King) of Elwood; sister Betty (husband Jack) O’Brian of St. Augustine, FL; 9 grandchildren, Chris (wife Daphne) Noone, Kaisha (husband Lee) Gray, Jason (companion Jay) Scott, Bill Legg, Amber Noone (husband Ken Diko), Todd McCorkle, Jennifer Habayeb, Brent (Krista) Scott, Amy (husband Chad) Utz; 4 step-grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, Richard McCorkle, Donald McCorkle, and Daniel “Bud” McCorkle; and son-in-law, William Blake who died in 2013.
A funeral service celebrating Hershel’s life will be conducted at 11AM on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Searcy of the First Missionary Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Elwood City Cemetery and will include military honors by the U.S. Military and the Elwood V.F.W. Honor Guard. Visitation for family and friends will be held from 3 to 7 PM on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 and one hour prior to the funeral on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Missionary Baptist Church through the funeral home. Online condolences: www.copherfeslermay.com.