Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Rudolph A. “Rudy” Korbas

Rudolph A. “Rudy” Korbas, age 92, of Shelby, died Wednesday morning, December 22, 2021 at The Willows at Willard.

Rudy was born June 9, 1929 in Shelby to the late John and Mary (Propovichs) Korbas. He was a 1947 graduate of Shelby High School. Rudy was a union carpenter for 42 years beginning his career with Friebel & Hartman in Shelby for many years and working at various different places following that. Rudy had also been a Jackson Township Trustee and was the township’s Zoning Inspector for 16 years.

Rudy was a member of Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Shelby and the Shelby Knights of Columbus. He enjoyed woodworking, thoroughly loved to golf, and was always active and keeping busy.

On September 23, 1950, Rudy married Marilyn J. (Baker) Korbas and she preceded him in death November 7, 2017. They celebrated 67 years of marriage together and will now spend their first Christmas reunited again in Heaven. Also preceding him in death were his parents; great grandson: Maxton Adam Korbas; siblings: Joseph Korbas, Thomas Korbas, Paul Korbas, Marianne Korbas, and Stephen Korbas. Survivors include his three children: Phil (Laurie) Korbas, Mark (Holly) Korbas, and Todd Korbas all of Shelby, grandchildren: Kevin (Bri) Korbas and their children, Millie, Kendall, and Luke, Kraig (Abbey) Korbas and their children: Eli and Noah; Kurt (Rashelle) Korbas; Brad (Eliana) Korbas and their children James and Asher, and Ashley (Billy) Belardo; siblings: Jim (Ann) Korbas, Mike (Patty) Korbas, and Theresa Tash; a sister-in-law: Judy Korbas; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

DUE TO UNEXPECTED COVID ILLNESS IN THE IMMEDIATE FAMILY, CALLING HOURS HAVE BEEN CANCELED AND THE FUNERAL MASS WILL BE PRIVATE. THE FAMILY THANKS YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING, CARE, AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME. Burial will be in Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 29 West Street, Shelby or Forget Me Not Baskets, 127 E Liberty Street Suite 390, Wooster, Ohio 44691.

The family would like to thank the staff at The Willows for their exceptional care and compassion shown to Rudy.

Appropriate ways to express sympathy for those unable to attend may be done by leaving an online condolence on Rudy’s obituary at or by leaving a comment on his post on the funeral home’s Facebook page,

Memories & Condolence

  1. Ann Imhoff says:

    So very sorry for Rudy’s death. Have known the Korbas’s since I moved here when Tom and I were married.
    The family are such nice people.

  2. Shelley says:

    Phil, Todd and Mark
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I am heart broken. I loved Rudy and it was the highlight of my day to go to his room and pick at him before I would start cleaning. It was an honor to have met you all. I will miss everything about Rudy. All I can say is GO BUCKS!! Love you all.

  3. Clarence and Nancy Ousley says:

    You are deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad! Always a hard time to lose a loved one at Christmas!

  4. Sheryl Roberts says:

    I never met Mr Korbas but I felt like I knew him through the family stories so I knew if I would ever meet him I would really like him! The legacy you leave in the people who knew you is the biggest treasure of all it says the best of you and Rudy accomplished that in his life he was dearly loved and cared for he has left behind a beautiful family to carry on! Our prayers for all of you God took a Christmas angel home

  5. Lewis and Linda Shorter says:

    Sending prayers and hugs to the Korbas family at the loss of Rudy. He was a man who was a pleasure to know and be around to listen to his stories. He has left many wonderful memories for all that knew and loved him. God Be With You All.

  6. John Waldruff says:

    Mark, Phil, & Todd and your families ~ we are saddened with the news of your dear Dad’s passing. You have our sincere sympathy and prayers for the comfort God has for you. John and JoAnn

  7. Joanie and Michael Smith says:

    Dear Todd
    I’m so sorry that you have lost your Dad. We send our condolences and prayers are with you and your family. We celebrate that your parents are once again together.
    Love and Peace
    Joanie Smith

  8. Sue and Al Vogel says:

    Phil, Laurie and Family,
    We send you our sympathy for the loss of your Father.
    We will pray for you all at this difficult time.
    Sue and Al Vogel

  9. Fred and Carol Moore says:

    We are so blessed to have so many wonderful memories of times spent with the Korbas family! Our prayers are with all of you.

  10. Rich Banichar says:

    Phil, Mark and Todd,
    Our family’s prayers and thoughts are with you. Rudy
    always had a great smile. I remember him volunteering at St. Marys
    when we were learning to future angels.
    Peace in Christ,
    Rich Banichar & family

  11. Gregory Cole says:

    Laurie and Phil
    Faye and I send our condolences on the passing of Rudy. Great guy he was !!
    I have fond memories. Cherish your memories of him.
    Faye and Greg Cole

  12. Nancy (Artz) Lantz says:

    Sending prayers and condolences to the family, had many connections with the family while living in Shelby many years ago and then now while living out of town became reconnected — God Bless you all!

  13. Len & Rosemary (Frangella) Reidel says:

    Mark & Holly & Family — You have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Dad. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Sending hugs to all of you.

  14. Chuck Elliott says:

    to all of you in the Korbas family,
    We send our love and sympathy . We have lost a truly good person in our world.,
    Marilyn and Rudy were to best.
    We pray for your loss and and you are in our thoughts at this difficult
    love and prayers,
    Chuck and Barb Elliott

  15. Moe and Bev Hartings and family says:

    We were sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing.
    Our prayers are with your family.

    Moe and Bev Hartings and family

  16. Barb and Ken Strohm says:

    Dear Korbas family, we are very sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing. May you all feel the
    Peace and comfort of our loving and hugs, sincerely, Barb and Ken

  17. The Yeager Family says:

    So sorry for the loss of your father. Prayers to all your family during this difficult time.
    Oscar, Maria & boys.

  18. Steve & Margaret Keller says:

    The Korbas Family,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with all of you!
    Rudy truly is one of the all time good guys.
    He is now at peace, united with Marilyn in Heaven. May God grant them eternal life in His Heavenly Kingdom!

  19. Chuck and Carolyn Thornton says:

    Phil, Mark, Todd and your families. So sorry to hear about your Dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Chuck and Carolyn

  20. Deb Deschner says:

    Dear Korbas Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Rudy. Such a sweet and gentle person. Gary and I send our thoughts and prayers to you all.

  21. Michele Black Abrams says:

    Phil, Mark, and Todd,

    May precious memories of your dad and mom bring you peace of mind. The Korbas family brings precious memories to my mind…Ted, Sue and I speak often of your family.

    Peace to you all,
    Shelly Black

  22. James & Barbara Eakins says:

    We send our sincere sympathy to the family of Rudy. Rudy and Marilyn were good neighbors of ours. When Rudy was township trustee, he worked hard for our township. We really appreciated him. Keep the good memories close to your heart so that when you feel sad they will make you smile through your tears.

  23. chandos gose says:

    Sorry to hear of Rudy passing away. My wife Jan and i knew the t Korbas family very well when we lived in Shelby..
    Rudy was a great person and will be terribly missed by everyone who knew him.

    Chandos Gose


  24. chandos gose says:

    Sorry to hear of Rudy passing away. My wife and I,Jan, knew the Korbas family very well when we lived in Shelby.
    We have many pieces of his workmanship.
    Chandos and Jan Gose
    Norwalk, Ohio

  25. Sarah Roth says:

    To Rudy’s family- I am so sorry to hear of Rudy’s passing. He was a rare gem and I am honored to have known him. I will really miss “Rowdy Rudy”. May he Rest In Peace and his memory live on in your hearts forever.

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