Virgil Charles Kornbau, 83

COLUMBIANA – Former Wellsville resident Virgil C. Kornbau passed away at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at Salem Community Hospital. Virgil, who had been ill a short time, was 83. He had resided on Kingwood Drive in Columbiana for the past 22 years.

He was born a son of the late Charles and Mary Coleman Kornbau in Lisbon, on May 22, 1930.

Virgil attended Fairfield and Lisbon schools prior to his graduation from Bessemer, Pa., High School in 1948. He had been associated with Standard Oil from 1947 until retiring as a supervisor in 1985, after which time he was retained as a consultant for BP Oil for four years. He had also worked part-time at Ace Hardware in Columbiana for 19 years.

A longtime member of Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church, he had been an ordained elder, trustee and Sunday school superintendent. Virgil had also been heavily involved in Boy Scout Troop 59, where he served as treasurer, and had been the founding president and organizer of the Wellsville Minor Little League Baseball Association. His pride and joy was his family, and he especially enjoyed following the many academic and athletic events of his grandchildren. Virgil also loved planning Easter egg hunts, fishing trips, bowling and roller skating parties and Disney World excursions with them. His wife, Jo Ann Hart Kornbau, whom he married on Oct. 10, 1948, survives him at home.

Also surviving are his daughter and two sons: Jeanne Waggoner and her husband, Wilbur, of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Kenneth D. Kornbau and his wife, Barbara, of Wellsville; and David D. Kornbau and his wife, Anita, of Washingtonville.

There are eight grandchildren: Jennifer Sevenich and her husband, Eric; Katie Mayes; Jason Waggoner; Andrew Kornbau; Kyle Kornbau and his wife, Kathryn; Jill Mallin and her husband, Matt; Autumn Woods and her husband, Corey; and Kristina DeMaria and her husband, Joe. Fourteen great-grandchildren survive as well.

Virgil also leaves behind a sister, Becky Lopatka of Hawthorne, Fla., and a brother, George Kornbau of Rogers.

Private memorial services are planned for a later date.

Those wishing to make contributions in Virgil’s memory may send them c/o Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church, Elders Fund, 17365 state Route 45, Wellsville, Ohio 43968.

The Dawson Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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