Mesa, Ariz. — Simeon R. “Sam” Korth, 80, Mesa, Ariz., died Feb. 25, 2012, at his home in Mesa, Arizona. Visitation will be March 2 at St. Jane Frances deChantal Catholic Church, Randolph, with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m., at St. Jane Frances deChantal Catholic Church, Randolph. Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m., March 3, at St. Jane Frances deChantel Catholic Church, Randolph, with Rev. Michael J. Swanton officiating.
Inurnment will be in St. Frances Cemetery, Randolph, with Military Rites by American Legion Post #113 and Alvin-Kessler Post #5545, Randolph. Casket bearers will be Gina Hamilton, Emily Korth and Luke Korth. Honorary casket bearers will be all of Sam’s nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the direction of Stonacek Memorial Chapel, Osmond.
Sam was born Dec. 11, 1931, on the family farm northwest of Randolph. He attended and graduated from St. Frances High School as Salutatorian. Sam served in the U.S. Air Force Jan. 9, 1951-Jan. 8, 1955, during the Korean War and was honorably discharged four years later. After serving his country, he attended college at Boulder, Colo. After college, he was an air traffic controller in several states. He then became a pilot for a number of airlines, retiring after a long career with Northwest Airlines.
Sam was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mesa, Ariz., and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus. After he retired, he was very active as a member of the Confederate Air Force rebuilding and flying restored WWII bombers through out the United States. His favorite plane was the B17. Sam was well known as a skilled and respected pilot.
Sam is survived by his sister-in-law, Gen Korth, Randolph; nieces and nephews, Anne and husband, Roger Morris, Fargo, N.D.; Bob Korth, Grand Forks, N.D.; Jack and wife, Lori Korth, Randolph,; Mary and husband, Dan Pick, Hartington; Sharon and husband Tim Leader, Norfolk; Debbie and husband, Gerard Arens, Bow Valley; Julie and husband, Brian Arens, Pierce; Michele and husband, Al Arens, Fordyce; Roger Korth, Delhi, Calif.; Terry Korth, San Jose, Calif.; Todd Kort, California; Krissy and husband, Ray Leglu, San Jose, Calif.; 30 great-neices and -nephews; and 22 great-great-neices and -nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Don and Ted.