Jack and Judy Kortie have never missed a Middlebury Summer Festival
parade and this year, they will be leading it.
Judy has been a Middlebury resident all her life. She was a Northridge High School cheerleader and is a retiree of Middlebury First State Bank.
Jack retired from Berstein’s Distributors, moved to Middlebury in 1991 and owned Healthy Pets for six years. He has been a part of the American Legion, Middlebury Men’s Club, the Middlebury Town Council and was presented an award from the Middlebury Police Department in May for his service as police commissioner.
For nearly two decades, the Korties have been members of River Oaks Community Church. Married for 38 years, they have a blended family with four children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren, with another one on the way.
Jack served in the United States Air Force Drum and Bugle Corp from 1955 to 1959, even playing 20 feet from Queen Elizabeth.
However, having been named a parade marshal with his wife is “the greatest honor I’ve ever had,” Jack said.
The Middlebury Summer Festival is Friday, Aug. 8, and Saturday, Aug. 9. The parade starts and 1 p.m. Saturday and will travel from Middlebury Elementary School to Middlebury Community Public Library.