USS Cleveland CL-55 Reunion Association

Thomas Corzan, Jr.

I'm Thomas E. Corzan and I'm trying to inform other shipmates, or their relatives, of the passing of my father Thomas Corzan, Jr.

He served in the USS Cleveland (CL55) throughout her wartime service. Dad passed away at age 95 on 20 November 2017.


Thomas E. Corzan

Thomas Corzan, Jr., age 95, recently of Chesterton, IN, but lived most of his life in Plainfield, IL, passed away on November 20, 2017 at Addison Pointe.

He was born on May 26, 1922 in Aurora, IL to Thomas, Sr. and Theresa (Papp) Corzan. They both preceded him in death. On July 30, 1950 he married the love of his life, LaVerne Grusssing who preceded him in death in 2016 after 65 years of marriage.

He is survived by his loving son, Thomas E. Corzan (Cynthia) of Chesterton; brothers, John Corzan (Beverly) of Texas, Carl Corzan (June) of California; sisters, Mary Myers, Sylvia (Mutz) Corzan of Texas and Martha Peterson of Joliet, IL. Tom has 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by three sons, Jeffery Blair, Kirby Bruce, Michael Bradly; and sister, Julie Elkins.

Tom served his country in the North African and Pacific theaters in WWII stationed in the USS Cleveland (CL55) and also, a Korean War veteran. His passions were woodworking, furniture building, aquariums and fishing with his family.

He is a member of the Plainfield United Methodist Church in Plainfield, IL where he has so many loving friends.

A huge thank you to Addison Pointe, where Tom called home for over a year. He was Papa to all and all there were "Babe" to him.

Cremation will take place in Illinois. Memorial services are pending. Published in The Herald-News on Nov. 28, 2017.