JOHN LESLIE CORSER, of Ontonagon, MI, passed away at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, MI on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, at the age of 90.
John was born April 2, 1932, in Marquette, MI to Leslie and Myrtis Bourgeois. His parents preceded him in death, as well as his sister, Loretta. He is survived by eight children and many grandchildren.
John was fiercely proud of serving his country as a United States Marine. He enlisted 3 August 1950 after the beginning of the Korean War and was honorably discharged 2 August 1954. During his time of active duty he served in an outstanding manner with Reconnaissance Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division. He earned the Bronze Star for heroism, a recommendation for the Silver Star, the Letter of Commendation, won a meritorious promotion in rank for heroic deeds, and was recommended for a Battlefield Commission, along with other decorations and medals.
John’s dedication to duty remained undiminished over the years and included an application for re-enlistment in the Marine Corps at the age of 56. This application was supported by several superior officers who knew him or had served with him. Despite his deep disappointment due to the denial of this application, he remained devoted to the Corps and his country. He organized and led Memorial Day Services at the Phelps, WI Cemetery for many years during which he called roll of the names of all veterans interred there and oversaw placement of memorial wreaths.
John was a man of intelligence, humor, and many abilities. He held an instrument rated commercial pilot’s license, earning a living at one point as a charter pilot and flight instructor. He worked for more than 20 years as a paralegal for two different law firms in Vilas County, WI. He worked in the construction trades many years and also as a Certified Nursing Assistant for eight years at the Lillian Kerr Healthcare Center in Phelps, WI.
Erickson, Crowley & Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet, MI is handling final arrangements. A Marine Corps Funeral Honors Ceremony will be held at the Phelps Cemetery, Phelps, WI in the spring of 2023.