Joe R. Corne, 81, passed away Friday, June 1, 2012, at Deaconess Hospital.


He was born July 5, 1930, son of Otho and Fern (Wallace) Corne of Owensville.


Joe graduated from Owensville High School class of 1948 and drove a school bus for 12 years. He was a grain and melon farmer for many years and he especially enjoyed raising melons. He also enjoyed and had a love for trucks. He and his wife owned and operated a fleet of tractor trailers that hauled produce and other commodities cross-country. In his later years, he bought and delivered melons himself to produce companies. Joe was a gentle and loving man who dearly loved his family.


Joe was a lifetime member of Old Union Christian Church of Poseyville, holding several positions in the church. He was also a 50 year member of the Princeton Masonic Lodge  231 F & A.M.


He was preceded in death by his parents, a step-son, David Stunkel, and brother-in-law, Robert Cleveland.


Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sue (Cleveland) Corne; daughters and sons-in-law, Donna Jo and Mike Burkdoll of Evansville, Jaymie and Phil Almon of Owensville; son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Anita Corne of Christmas Lake Village; two step-sons and their wives, Randy and Cindy Stunkel of New Harmony, Steve and Pat Stunkel of Evansville; grandchildren, Alison Bishop, Sarah Glezen, Matthew Corne, Lindsay Ping, Ryan, Tyler and Lauren Almon, Amber Scheller, Clara Rexing and Jared Stunkel; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Sweezer of Owensville; niece and nephew, Janet Smith of Owensville and Dick Smith of Rockport.


Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 4, at Old Union Christian Church with Baret Fawbush officiating. Burial will be in the Saulmon Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Sunday at Holders Funeral Home in Owensville.