John E. Corman

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John E. Corman

January 27, 1931 - September 19, 2018

John E. Corman, 87, of Danville, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Danville, a son of the late John R. and Helen A. (Bressler) Corman.

John graduated from Danville High School in 1948. He furthered his education at Dickinson College graduating with a bachelor's degree in education in 1952 and a master's degree from Bucknell University in 1955.

John was well known by his students as a dedicated American History teacher which included Problems of Democracy. He taught in the Watsontown School District from 1953-1958. Following this, he continued as a history teacher in the Warrior Run School District from 1958-1999. While there, he served as a varsity basketball coach from 1958-1960 and then as the athletic director for 14 years from 1960-1973.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Danville since April 14, 1941 serving as a trustee for two terms, a member of Frosty Valley Country Club since 1962, and served for 36 years on the Danville Municipal Authority from 1979-2014.
John thoroughly enjoyed golfing. His greatest fulfillment in life was his teaching career.

John is survived by one brother, William Corman and his wife Alice of Meadowbrook; one niece, Jeanne Corman of Wilmington, Del.; and two nephews, Richard Corman of Ontario, Canada and John Corman of Harleysville.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services to be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the First Baptist Church of Danville 12 Brookside Drive, Danville (off 642 East), with his pastor, the Rev. Dawes J. Dunham officiating. Friends will be received from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service.
Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Danville.

The family will provide flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Thomas Beaver Free Library, 205 Ferry St., Danville, PA 17821.

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home Inc., 42 W. Mahoning St., Danville.
Published on September 20, 2018
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Kay Rickert Shupp, class of ‘59
Sep 25, 2018
John told this joke in class when we were talking about Lincoln. “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”
Then he asked who understood it. I don’t think all of us got it!!!
Janet Rider
Sep 22, 2018
He was a fun teacher, I remember him well. He was my PoD teacher
Christine G
Sep 22, 2018
I loved Mr. Corman. He taught me critical thinking skills and questioning skills that I still use today. He really enjoyed making us think and talk about what was happening in the world. He made a difference in my life. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.
Bev Foust Staman
Sep 21, 2018
He was always an interesting teacher and our two boys thought so, too. We invited him to our reunions and he seemed to remember everything and everybody. I really wish we would have invited him to this last one in July. RIP, Mr. Corman. You contributed so much to so many.
James E Rife Jr.
Sep 21, 2018
you were a very special teacher you will be missed
Alicia Betz
Sep 21, 2018
Mr. Corman,

Thank you for acknowledging my accomplishments and believing in me when no one else did. I’m forever grateful to you for taking the time to stop me after class to let me know you noticed. I truly enjoyed being in your class and learning from you. I still consider it one of the greatest privileges of my life. The Class of 2000 was truly honored to have you return to speak at our graduation ceremony. I often think back to all the advice you gave us that night. You deserve all the beauty and joy the Kingdom of Heaven has to offer. I love you, Mr. Corman!
Elizabeth Pursell-Snyder
Sep 21, 2018
Mr. Corman was the most amazing educator! His enthusiasm for history was infectious. The amount of time he invested into his students is astounding. Not just classroom teaching, but reading all of those essay test answers, coaching, talking with students outside of school. WRHS students were blessed by having had him.
Lisa Aunkst
Sep 21, 2018
Answering his essay tests prepared me for college more than I knew. He enhanced my love of history which led to 10 years of teaching it… I tried to channel his talent for bringing each story to life. Thank you and Rest In Peace
Robert Rovenolt
Sep 21, 2018
My condolences. John was in the Pantheon of the best teachers I ever had. His dedication to the field of education and service to the community is unparalleled. His students are wiser and better citizens because of him. Thank you Mr. Corman.
Tammy Morgan
Sep 21, 2018
Such a great teacher. He was so full of knowledge about everything! Blessing to have had him as a teacher.
Mary jo Wolfe Schoenfeld
Sep 21, 2018
He was a great teacher! Made history so interesting. Dad also had a great respect for him. Rest In Peace.
Phil Martin. Class of 61.
Sep 20, 2018
One of the best teachers ever. Rest In Peace...
Phil Martin class of 61.
Sep 20, 2018
One of the best teachers ever. Rest In Peace..
Ruth Voris Butler
Sep 20, 2018
Absolutely one of the best teachers I ever had. I have so many fond memories of my history classes with Mr. Cornan. I credit him for my ability to go on and be a history major in college myself.
Kay Rickert Shupp, class of ‘59
Sep 20, 2018
John was one of our favorites! Still remember him talking about General Patton’s pearl-handled revolver! He told the greatest stories. Stuff that wasn’t always in the book!
Wayne and Terri Greiner
Sep 20, 2018
What an amazing teacher and man. He taught us to treasure our heritage and history... to learn from it. To be better because of it. We wish EVERYONE would have had the honor of participating in his class. He touched so many lives in ways he will never know. Rest in peace.

Wayne and Terri Greiner
Shannon (Fry) Frantz
Sep 20, 2018
Mr. Corman touched so many students with his passion for history. I remember being so impressed that he could give the minute by minute play of Lincoln's assassination and all he had in his lesson plan book was the year! An amazing teacher who did so much to get me ready for college. You will be greatly missed!
Wayne and Terri Greiner
Sep 20, 2018
We will miss you. You shared so much of yourself and taught so much. Rest in peace.

Wayne and Terri Greiner
Sandra Bortz-Carson
Sep 20, 2018
1 of my favorite teachers in school RIP Sir
Sandra (Shupp) Rishel
Sep 20, 2018
I graduated from WRHS in 1964. John gave me an abiding interest in American History and Government which has stayed with me for life. A lovely, humorous man.
Patches kilgus
Sep 20, 2018
You will be missed, i learned so much