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Harvey D. Corfman

July 23, 2001

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro for Harvey D. Corfman, 101, of El Centro, who died Thursday in Yuma Nursing Center.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Hems Bros. Mortuary chapel in El Centro.

Roger Trimm of Antioch Church of Christ and a former pastor of the El Centro Church of Christ will officiate.

Mr. Corfman will be buried beside the grave of his wife, Drexel Corfman, in Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville.

Mr. Corfman was born on March 24, 1900, in Whitewater, Kan. He came to the Imperial Valley in 1907 with his family. He attended Jasper School, Central Union and Calexico high schools and graduated from El Centro Junior College.

He married Drexel Layton in Holtville in July 1924. The Corfmans had six children.

Mr. Corfman was primarily a farmer, holding other jobs to supplement his income through the years. At age 65, Mr. Corfman went to school and became a real estate agent, working for Warren Turner. Shortly thereafter, he got his broker's license and went into partnership with Bill North. He later opened his own company, Harvey Corfman Real Estate.


About 15 years ago, he bought a cabin at Calexico Lodge, where he hosted annual Fourth of July parties and grew a large garden that was his pride and joy. He was active in the Church of Christ of Holtville, where he loved being a song leader until he was over 100 years old, according to family.

He was preceded in death by his son, Phillip Dale Corfman, in 1989.

Survivors include his sons, Myron Corfman of El Centro, John Corfman of Brawley and Dr. Orval Corfman of Huntsville, Ala.; daughters, Delma Cradic and Doris Dungan, both of El Centro; brother, Virgil Corfman of El Centro; sisters, Blanche Everett of El Centro and Bertha Gilbert of Imperial; 22 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

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