Beloved husband, father, grandfather, and community member, Bill Korbel passed away unexpectedly, on the morning of January 27th, 2017. He was with his wife, Kate, at their home.

Bill was a founding member and integral partner of Mount Shasta’s Grub Club. It was a natural extension of his passion for food and community that began at the age of thirteen, as a butcher’s apprentice. Whether cooking for local charities, or making a family meal, Bill brought good food to the communities he was part of.

All who knew Bill remember his kindness, generosity of spirit, and wonderful sense of humor. Always cracking a joke, or sharing a smile, Bill took great pleasure in performing random acts of kindness, as well as volunteering to help his family, friends, and his community. He was a brother in the Mankind Project, and enjoyed giving back to the Mount Shasta community. He joined his wife, Kate, along with millions of people across the world, to march last Saturday, carrying a sign that he chose: I Will Stand With The Most Vulnerable. He joyfully stood at the corner and called to people by name, enlisting them in the Love Army ( He had a big loving heart and always shared it.

He leaves behind his wife, Kate; his three children, Bill Jr., Marissa, and Joshua Korbel; and his grandchildren, Hannah, Will, and Hazel Mae. His brothers, Chris and David Korbel, sister, Marge Korbel Cornwell, and his father in-law, Ed Harlem, along with a much beloved extended family of in-laws, nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Bill’s family wanted to end with one of his jokes, but his irreverent and unique sense of humor meant they are all either unprintable or not funny without his animated delivery. Instead, please join in a celebration of Bill’s Life on Saturday, February 25th at 1pm at the Upper Lodge of the Mount Shasta City Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to W.A.T.E.R. ( or Catholic Charities of San Francisco’s Refugee and Immigrant Services program.