Richard Morrison, 86, retired Navy commander who enlisted at age 17

Southsidedaily.com is your source for free local news and information in Virginia Beach

Richard Morrison
Richard Morrison

Richard Morrison, 86, of Virginia Beach, passed away surrounded by the ones he lived for, laughed with, and loved Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 57 years, June Katharine; brother, Frank Morrison Jr.; and parents, Frank and Helen Morrison.

Richard was born in Alton, Ill., and spent his childhood in Grafton, Ill., and Cleveland. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and made a career out of military air traffic control. Richard always believed it was his privilege to serve his country, and his hard work for 30 years resulted in his final rank of commander. His service spanned the Korean and Vietnam wars and ended with his retirement in 1978. His last few tours of duty allowed him to be home, rather than at sea, with his cherished family. His last post was at the Naval Air Station Oceana. After his naval retirement, he continued to work in government consulting roles with both QED Systems and Air-A-Plane Inc.

Richard enjoyed spending time with family and friends at Lake Gaston, traveling, golfing, involving himself in Church of the Ascension activities and working with the U.S. Navy Ground Control Approach/Air Traffic Controllers Association. He was a proud father and grandfather. His faith and devotion to his family and country was unwavering.

Richard is survived by his three daughters, Carol Blow (Michael), Julie Tingle (Richard) and Paula Flengas (Paul); grandchildren, Matthew, Katharine, Richard III and Thomas; sister, Nancy Sawchak; and dear companion, Marla Jo Scott. We thank God for the gift of Richard’s life and the blessing of the time we spent with him.

A visitation will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. A celebration of life Mass with inurnment will follow at 5:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of the Ascension.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfh.com.