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Richard James Corso, 80, born in Salem, Ohio, died Monday, January 25, 2021, at home in Newport News just one week after the passing of his wife of 48 years, Fiona Corso. Richard, a retired Army officer, spent the majority of his life serving in and later supporting the U.S. Army as a logistics and supply management expert. An avid reader, Richard was known for his expansive knowledge, his gentle nature, and his kind heart. Richard and his family lived in Newport News for the last 41 years.

A graduate of Salem High School in 1958, Richard received his degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1962, and was commissioned through ROTC in the Army’s Transportation Corps. After commissioning, he was first stationed in Germany with the 29th Transportation Company and in Italy with the Southern European Task Force. Richard was twice deployed to Vietnam, serving with the 14th Transportation Battalion at Nha Trang from 1965 to 1966, and later with U.S. Army’s Aviation Materiel Management Center at Tan Son Nhut Air Force Base in Saigon from 1968 to 1969. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign medals, and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm for both tours of duty in Vietnam. 

Following service in Vietnam, Richard was stationed in Vicenza, Italy, where he met and married Fiona in 1972. Richard later served with the Army Engineer Training Center at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, at NATO’s SHAPE Headquarters in Belgium, and with the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade out of Homestead AFB in FL. Richard’s final tour was with the Directorate of Combat Development Studies at the U.S. Army’s Transportation School at Fort Eustis. He retired from the Army in November 1982 and immediately went to work for the then-Northrop Worldwide Aircraft Services as the Director of Supply for Fort Eustis. In 1991 he was honored as employee of the year by Northrop for his division’s massive effort to support the deployment of Fort Eustis’s 7th Transportation Group to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After working for Northrop for 18 years, Richard would go on to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural letter carrier in James City County before retiring.

Richard was extremely active in the community with Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where he frequently served as an usher and a lay reader, and with the Knights of Columbus Walter Pollard Council #5480. With the Knights of Columbus, Richard was a Past Grand Knight, Past District Deputy, and president of the Council’s charitable endeavors, including managing the school bus service for Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. He and his family were honored by the Virginia Knights of Columbus as the statewide Family of the Year in 1989 for their immense contributions to the Council and significant impact on the community. 

Richard was a dog lover his entire life, spending many joyous years with companion dogs. He was a voracious reader, particularly of history and science fiction, and an avid stamp collector.  He loved watching and talking about sports. He often dreamed of being a sports columnist, and for many years wrote a sports opinion column monthly for the Knights of Columbus newsletter.

Richard is survived his daughter, Janet Wooldridge and son-in-law, Drew; his son, CAPT Andrew Corso, USN and daughter-in-law, Megan, and by five much-loved grandchildren: Ian, Lucas, Samantha, Jacob, and Alex. His eldest grandson, Ian Ericksen, devoted recent years to caring for both Richard and Fiona when they could no longer manage. Richard is also survived by three sisters, Frances May, Mary Corso and Susan Corso; a brother, Augie Corso III and sister-in-law, Sandra.

Major Richard J. Corso, USA (Ret.) will be buried with honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite veterans or animal charity in Richard’s name.  Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#1 Patrick Fennell 2021-01-30 06:17
Rest in eternal peace with your beloved Fiona and thank you for your dedication to both Christ and country!
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