The Rev. Henry W. Korinth, a retired United Church of Christ minister, died Sept. 24 of a massive heart attack at York Hospital in York, Pa. He was 83.

The son of a General Motors Corp. millwright and a homemaker, Henry William Korinth was born on Robinson Street in East Baltimore and raised in Overlea.

After graduating in 1948 from Kenwood High School, he attended night school at the University of Baltimore and then transferred to Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill., where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1952.

He earned his divinity degree in 1957 from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo., and was also ordained a pastor that year in the United Church of Christ.

Mr. Korinth began his pastoral career in 1957 as pastor of the United Church of Christ in Winchester, Va., where he remained until 1962, when he returned to Baltimore as pastor of Grace United Church of Christ.

In 1970, he was appointed pastor of Heidelberg United Church of Christ in York, Pa., where he served until retiring in 1994.

After retiring, Mr. Korinth served at a number of United Churches of Christ in southern Pennsylvania as an interim pastor.

"Preaching was his thing," said his brother, Karl Korinth of Baltimore. "He said he couldn't go through a Sunday without delivering a sermon."

Mr. Korinth, who lived in York, was a world traveler.

A celebration of life service for Mr. Korinth will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York, Pa.

In addition to his brother, Mr. Korinth is survived by a son, Paul Korinth of Springfield, Pa.; a daughter, Ruth Wickard of York; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. His marriage to the former Joyce Bedford ended in divorce.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com