Dick Corbet, a long-time Harney County resident, died in Bend on Jan. 1. Dick was born in Salem on June 3, 1925, to Walter and Ruth Corbet. He grew up in Salem and Southern Wisconsin. He graduated from Salem High School in 1943.
Dick married Connie Osa in 1946 in Reno, Nev. Dick and Connie recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.
As a young man, Dick worked as a ranch hand in Harney County on the Jenkins and Hotchkiss ranches. He was employed by Edward Hines Lumber Company and later at the Bureau of Land Management as a range conservationist for many years. He retired from the BLM in the late 1980s. Dick raised cattle and farmed in Harney County both while working and as a retiree.
Known as a hard worker, Dick was respected for his knowledge of ranching and farming. He enjoyed purchasing land and improving the production of the properties. Dick’s honesty and trustworthiness were reflected in his selection as executor of the estates of several individuals. He sat on the Oregon State Jury for several years.
Dick is survived by his wife, Connie Corbet; daughter, Christy Skold (Roscoe); son, Mark Corbet (Peggy); son, Ross Corbet (Suanne); sister, Jane Kegel; sister-in-law, Margarita Garatea; grandsons, Travis and Josh Skold; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Dick requested that no formal service be held.