Orval W. Coby, 93, Leesburg, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
Orval was born Feb. 6, 1929, in Winamac, the son of (the late) Otis and Ina (Reinholdt) Coby. He graduated from Richland Center High School with the Class of ’47 and went on to serve his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On Dec. 24, 1962, he married Opal (Hettinger) Parker in Culver; she preceded him in death Dec. 10, 2004, after 41 years of marriage.
Formerly of Culver and Rochester, Orval worked for Culver Military Academy for 27 years and then worked as a Lab Tech at Dean’s Dairy until his retirement. He attended Leesburg Grace Brethren Church and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 253 in North Webster and was a former member of the Manitou Moose Lodge No. 1107 in Rochester. Orval enjoyed the times spent with his family, playing cards, fishing and traveling across America.
He is survived by his daughter, Jan Miller, Warsaw; daughters-in-law, Pat Parker, Milford and Glenda Parker, Kentucky; grandchildren, Chelle Parker, Milford, Monica Skibbe, Middlebury, Melissa (John) Philbrook, North Carolina, Bret (Cindee) Parker, Michigan, René Sgregnoli, Kentucky, Cory (Louise) Miller, Westfield, Christopher “Kip” (Angela) Miller, Warsaw and Robert (Darci) Miller, Monticello; and 16 great-grandchildren. Orval is also survived by brothers, Jay Coby and Vernon (Jean) Coby, both of Culver and Curt (Marilyn) Coby, Arizona. In addition to his parents and his wife Opal Coby, Orval was also preceded in death by stepsons, Robert Parker, Jerry Parker and Larry Parker; daughter-in-law, Susie Parker; grandson, Larry Dean Parker; and brothers, Marvin, Homer, Alvin and Gust Coby.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, 2022, at McHatton Sadler Funeral Chapel, 2290 Provident Court. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, in the funeral home. Burial will be held in Leesburg Cemetery with military honors.
To share a remembrance of Orval or to offer condolences to his family, please visit www.mchattonsadlerfuneralchapels.com.