Posted: Thu 2:48 PM, Jul 18, 2013
Funeral Home: Coffey & Chism Funeral Home.
Sgt. Maj. (Retired) Juan Paul Correa, 84, of Vine Grove, passed away July 14, 2013, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Mr. Correa was a 26-year veteran of the United States Army, having served two combat tours, including one in the Korean War and one in the Vietnam War. Some of his medals and awards include: Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, two Bronze Stars (one of which was with Valor and two Oak Leaf Clusters), Over Seas Service Ribbon, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Civil Action Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and Meritorious Service Medal. He was a member of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Vine Grove, a college graduate and Kentucky Colonel. Some of his hobbies include fishing, gardening, old Westerns, animals and University of Kentucky basketball, but his true passion was his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Ramon and Arcadia Correa; four brothers, Juan Ramon Correa, Albert Jose Correa, Carlos Correa and Rolando Miguel Correa; and sister, Rosa Maria Correa.
Survivors include his loving wife of 55 years, Heidi S. Correa of Vine Grove; three sons, Paul Correa and his wife, Emily, of Bowling Green, Luis Correa and his wife, Lisa, of Bowling Green, and Mike Correa and his wife, Charlotte, of St. Louis; one daughter, Tish Correa Osborne and her husband, Pat, of Owensboro; six grandchildren, Elizabeth and PJ Correa, Mallory Osborne, Alyssa Correa and Cooper and Teegan Correa; one sister, Inda Correa; and one brother, Jorge A. Correa.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Correa was held at 11 a.m. today at the St. Brigid Catholic Church, Vine Grove, with the Rev. Daniel Lincoln officiating. Burial followed in the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central in Radcliff with military honors.
Visitation and a prayer service was Wednesday at Coffey & Chism Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: American Foundation for the Blind, Attn: Audrey Taylor, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 1102, New York, NY 10121 or to your charity of choice.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.coffeyandchism.com.