William “Jeff” Corwin


William “Jeff” Corwin, 61, farmer/rancher and lifelong resident of rural Center, ND, died in his sleep the morning of May 25th, 2020.  Memorial Services will be held on July 11th, 2020 at 3pm. Friends and family are welcome to come share stories and celebrate his life on the land he worked and grew up on.

He is survived by his 3 children, Amanda Corwin of Portland, OR, Ryan Corwin of Redmond, OR, Alyce Corwin of Portland OR; 3 siblings, Leo Corwin of Billings, MT, MaryAnn Wolt of Roundup, MT, Nancy Johnson of Leesburg, FL.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you make donations to Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation.






Jeff and I have been friends a long time.  Prior to 6th grade I was supposed to stay at his folks farm for two weeks but as a team we became too destructive and I had to go home after the first week.  Jeff played in high school band, was in football and basketball.  In college we were roommates at the dorm and I’m sure the proctor didn’t appreciate the firecrackers going off in the restroom or the ones we tied to his door.  Jeff played in band, marching on the street during homecoming and stage band at ball games and concerts.  He excelled in the more complex curriculums like Automatic Transmissions.  He played competitive foosball with an incredible open hand push shot and played an excellent game of billiards.  He later took up arm-wrestling.  Other than Jeff, I have never met anyone who is always a half a second away from laughter.  He could cheer up anyone or any group even with a single word.  Jeff sometimes finds something so funny he laughs all the way to his feet.  One of the coolest things I saw Jeff do was to comfort a bellering mother cow in the corral by rubbing her ear, saying her name (yes, he named every one) and saying, “that’s alright, . . . it’ll be OK . . . it’ll be OK”.  To Jeff’s adult children, I am sure you know that your father is a most kind and thoughtful man.  To Jeff’s siblings, I am sure you know your brother is a gentle and honorable man.  Out of the thousand friends I have made, he is the best.  I am sorry for your loss and we are praying for you.  Tom, Sheri, Sean & Emily Hettervig

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