June 9, 1923 – April 21, 2022
Morton Korn, vice president of the former BufKor, Inc. and owner of a sportswear sales and promotions company in Buffalo for many years, died April 21 at his home in Boynton Beach, Fla. , after a short illness. He was 98 years old.
Born in Columbus, Ohio, the fourth of five children, his family operated a restaurant near Ohio State University. He interrupted his senior year at Ohio State to enlist in the Navy Officer Training Program.
While waiting to be called up for basic training, he told Buffalo News reporter Lou Michel in 2017 that he anticipated what would be asked of him by taking courses in astronomy and navigation.
“The courses helped me do my job,” he says. “We had to know where we were going.
He commanded landing craft in the Pacific, carrying soldiers from troopships to shore for invasions. He participated in the Battle of Midway and the recapture of islands in the Philippines, rising to the rank of lieutenant.
When Mr. Korn returned from service, his parents had moved to New York and then to Buffalo to expand their jewelry display manufacturing and distribution business, William Korn & Co. Before joining them, he returned to the State of Ohio to complete her bachelor’s degree in journalism. and business administration.
The company merged with Buffalo Jewelry Case in 1958 and became BufKor Inc. Mr. Korn was vice president of sales and his younger brother Irving was president.
“We sold displays all over the country,” he told Michel. “I was…on a plane four days a week.”
After BufKor was sold in the 1980s, he started his own business, GS Sales and Promotions, buying and selling sportswear and other promotional items from an office in the former Larkin Warehouse at 701 Seneca St. Il never retired.
“If you don’t stay active,” he said in 2017, “you dry up and go. Activity keeps you alive.
Mr. Korn hosted numerous poker games and started a men’s tennis league that started as a foursome and grew to become the largest in the University at Buffalo community tennis network, with more than 50 players.
He was a longtime Buffalo Bills booster and attended many of the team’s American Football League games. He moved from Amherst to Florida in 2017.
He and his wife, the former Annette Rovner, married in 1948. She died in 2001.
Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Korn-Rothschild; two sons, Bruce and Robert; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Amherst Memorial Chapel, 281 Dodge Road, Getzville.