Leon Korbyn was longtime Bridge City businessman


Leon Korbyn, 82, of Beulah, N.D., died January 9, 2012, at Sakakawea Medical Center in Hazen, N.D. Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Barbot-Seibel Funeral Home in Beulah with Pastor Ed Langeliers officiating. Burial followed at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery, Mandan.

Leon Jacob Korbyn was born on March 15, 1929, at Westfield, N.D., to Peter and Emma (Millenaar) Korbyn. Leon graduated from Pollock High School in 1946. He taught school in a one-room schoolhouse for three and a half years following graduation. Leon married Delores Stout on February 10, 1951, at Spring Creek Lutheran Church in Pollock.

On Feb. 19, 1951, Leon was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Warden, Wash. When he was discharged from the service, Leon and Delores lived on Delores’ family farm for four years until they moved to Mobridge. He worked at several different places until 1969, when he and Rudy Kramer started Kramer-Korbyn Auto Inc. Together they operated the company for eight years until Leon sold his part of the business. Leon also worked for Roger Davidson and Ruben Quenzer selling vehicles.

Leon loved music and played the organ for dances around the area for many years. In 1981, he had a heart attack and retired. Leon and Delores moved to Florida and lived there for about 10 years before moving to Beulah to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Leon moved to the Knife River Care Center in Beulah in August of 2011, where he was known for playing the organ and calling bingo.

Leon is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Delores of Beulah; two sons, Lowell (Linda) Korbyn and Derald Korbyn, both of Beulah; three grandchildren, Melissa (David) Weibe and Justin (Lacy) Korbyn, both of Beulah, and Samantha Korbyn of Sioux City, Iowa; eight great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Aaron and Jamison Weibe of Beulah, Kayla and Ella Korbyn of Sioux City and Jayden, Cayden and Kenzie Korbyn of Beulah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant daughters, one infant son, one grandson, Jason Korbyn, two sisters, Lena Lode and Della Nells and one brother, John Korbyn.

Arrangements were conducted by Barbot-Seibel Funeral Home of Beulah and Hazen.

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