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Donald L. Corbett

March 14, 1940December 10, 2020
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Donald Lee Corbett age 80 of Waynesburg passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020 following a lengthy illness.

Born and raised in the Red Town section of Belle Vernon, PA to Joseph Corbett and Dorothea Alrecka Frew, the second of a raucous trio of sons. He is pre-deceased by his parents and younger brother David.

A devoted and always proud member of the larger Frew clan that stretches from Southwestern PA to Maryland, Kentucky and the Carolinas, he had 15 aunts and uncles and innumerable cousins. His memory for dates was second to none and he would be able to tell you the exact date he graduated from Rostraver High School, the date he entered the navy where he served as electricians mate on the submarine "The USS Croaker," which you can tour if you should ever visit the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. He was a strong swimmer and was regularly sent out to retrive the "practice torpedos." He said, more than once that if the movie "Jaws" had been out prior to his stint in the navy, someone else would have been the recovery swimmer.

He would also be able to tell you the exact date, and how many years ago he entered the State Police academy, the date he graduated and how many years he served the great state of Pennsylvania as a trooper. Initally stationed in Everett, PA, he patrolled the PA turnpike for a few years before moving to the barracks in Washington PA, bringing his young family to live, for the rest of his life, in Waynesburg.

Don and Carol Sue Snyder married in 1963. Their children, Laura, William (Bill) and Jon have all subsequently married and had children of their own. And he knows every single birthday - date and year - of all children, grandchildren, the wonderful daughters in law, Jennifer and Melodie, and son in law, Scott who is from NJ and was forgiven for being a NY Giants fan in order to marry into the family.

Don has answered to many names in his life from Donnie, to Tootie, to Trooper (and as a policeman, no doubt, plenty of names that were less "family friendly"). But his favorite, by far, was "Pappy" and "Pap-Pap." His grandchildren, Taylor and Ryan Lewis from NJ, Emily Corbett, Lindsey Corbett Phillips and her new husband Sheldon, Brooke and Brilee Corbett and Ryan Virgili have absolutely been the pride of his life.

He was an avid and accomplished bowler for many years, at one time, picking up a 7-10 split! He was on the TV show Bowling for Dollars once in the 1970s where things didn't go as well as he might have hoped. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Moose Lodge of Waynesburg for many years and enjoyed golf as well.

He had the best stories of his adventures, growing up with his brothers (a particular favorite involved his older brother jumping out the second story window to get away from him!) also from the navy and the State Police and he loved to share them. His stories about his bowling trips and snoring roommates could have all of us in stitches on a regular basis. In his later years, it was his great pleasure to be able to take his children and their families for a week at the beach, in either Avalon, NJ or more recently, Corolla, NC where, while it was difficult to seat all 11 to 13 of us in any particular restaurant at any given time, we always seemed to manage.

If you knew him at all, you knew Don Corbett never met a stranger in all his life. The family would also like to express our tremendous gratitude to his hospice nurse, Amanda Wunder. Her care and compassion was a comfort to us during his long and difficult illness.

Don will be greatly missed by his large extended family, his wife and children, and his grandchildren. His memory will be a blessing to all who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in his name, and his beloved Samson, who's ashes will be buried with him, be made to the Greene County Humane Society.


  • Ryan Lewis
  • Taylor Lewis
  • Sheldon Phillips
  • David C. Corbett
  • Shannon Corbett
  • Wesley Corbett


  • Graveside Service

    Monday, December 14, 2020



Donald L. Corbett

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Rebecca Booher

December 14, 2020

Bill and I would like to send our condolences to you. Bill and Tootie worked together at Washington. We,too, remember Tootie's stories and think fondly of him. He will always be in our hearts.
Bill and Becky Booher

Margie Corbett

December 14, 2020

Deepest sympathy to the family. My favorite memory was when Donald would come to my Dad's (Paul Corbett) farm, to visit and to check on everyone. Then Virgil the bird would say "whoop whoop here comes the north side marshall." He will be sadly missed.
Thanks for all the memories.

Margie Corbett.

W. Allen Zimmerman

December 14, 2020

First met and worked with "Tootie" in Washington, Troop "S" in 1978 fresh out of PSP Academy. Always friendly and positive. I remember we stopped at his house and he introduced to his wife and three children. Over the years I teased Tootie on how did he get such a beautiful daughter as Laura, a scholar/athlete son as Bill and a congenial, polite and filled with common sense son as Jon.......he just laughed and said "I must have good recessive genes". He was always a pleasure to work with as a state policeman; by the way an excellent marksman and the best wheel-man I ever rode with and as revealed by those photos even a better father & grandfather. Carol, Laura, Bill, & Jon all my sympathy and take care.

Aileen George

December 14, 2020

Don always told the best stories, colorful and full of characters. Laughter was never far away whenever he joined you at the table or for a drink. As a next door neighbor and close friend of my grandparents, growing up, I never knew a visit there that did not include Don and Sue. He will be missed and remembered fondly. My deepest condolences to everyone who misses him, and especially to Sue and his family.

Pat Kennedy

December 14, 2020

I remember Uncle Don as a kind and generous man who loved his family and was ready to help others. He was so proud of his family and rightfully so. He is the only one whoever called me PJ and honestly, it was my favorite shortening of my name. He is now at peace, though I picture a mean game of 3 handed 500 with him, Dad and Aunt Jane. As I do not have facebook, I am unable to join the service but I am thinking of all of you. Much love.

Pat or rather one last PJ

Barbara Bombash

December 14, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!
I knew you as officer Corbett, we met at Mister Donut back in the ‘70’s. You were at my first car accident on I70, got hit head on by a drunken driver. You also chased my little brother up into the woods, he was riding a dirt bike on 19, lol. He got away or so he thought. You and my dad were sitting in the driveway waiting for him.
I’ve thought of you through the years and wondered how you were. Your one nephew told me you were sick.
GOd Bless you, you will be missed by many.

Barb Bombash

Brad Mackey

December 13, 2020

Mrs. Corbett, Laura, Bill, and Jon,
I send my heartfelt sympathies and prayers to you all. I had the pleasure of knowing Don for 30+ yrs. He was a great guy, so proud of his children and grandchildren. May God bring you comfort during this time.

Brad Mackey

Robert Stetor

December 13, 2020

Rest In Peace Don 🙏

Remember all the good times we shared as brothers while wearing that gray uniform. It was a great time in our lives, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to trade it for anything. So farewell my friend until we meet again, May God Speed !

Robert Connelly

December 13, 2020

I first met Trooper Don Corbet at the Mercer Barracks of the Pa State Police on my first duty assignment from the academy. He was loud brazen and opinionated on every subject known to man. I say all this in respect because you couldn’t help but laugh when he got going. He would tell anyone off and frequently did.
When I met some older Troopers who knew Don they all called him Tuttie which I remembered as an old time funny cop show. I served with tuttie at Mercer Then at Troop S Washington. He always told me “stick with me kid I’ll teach you everything you need to know” and then he did. When I made Cpl, Tuttie told everyone that I was his trooper son and he taught me everything I knew he was very proud for me same For when I made Sergeant. Tuttie always knew where I was and what I was doing and was always one of the first to call and congratulate me. That’s why I always called him Dad. His wild ways and wise cracks will be sorely missed but lovingly remembered forever. Tuttie was always s o proud of all of his children and bragged about them constantly a pleasure to see and hear.
Rest In Peace Dad you earned and deserve it. Bobby aka “the kid” your Trooper son

Larry (Luigi) Pastories

December 13, 2020

Toots, you will be missed by all your statie brothers.
Lisa will always remember, me and you, dancing together at her wedding.

when you get to heaven, look up Kath. NO bingo trips..

miss ya partner !