Richard Herman Preisser Richard Herman Preisser, born February 11, 1923, in Staten Island, New York, passed away quietly surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Culpeper Regional Hospital. Richard lived a long and productive life. He served proudly in the United States Air Force, during World War II and the Korean War. During World War II, he was assigned to the 8th Air Force. One of his proudest life journeys was his service with the 8th Air Force, 351st Bomb Group, 509 Air Squadron and the Silver Flying Cross he was awarded for that service. To the end he fondly remembered his mission as a B-17 pilot and his plane, Flak Magic. On September 7, 1951, he married Ann Ambrose. For 62 years, they worked together, first in their family supermarket in Staten Island, and later on their farms in Walden and Herkimer County, New York. Upon retiring they moved to Virginia where they managed a horse farm in Orange. Upon their second "retirement" they formed a woodworking business which Richard and Ann worked until his recent death. Richard always referred to Ann as his "partner" in life. Richard and his family would like to thank the Culpeper Regional Hospital for their support through Richard's "last mission". Of special note is the ICU and Step-Down unit nursing staffs. Their incredible care and compassion can never be adequately stated-or thanked enough. Thank you also to Dr. Lawrence Whitehurst whose care of Richard was unsurpassed, and to Dr. Arora and Tonya Rose of Charlottesville who provided so much more than medical care to Richard over the last few months. Richard is survived by his wife, Ann Preisser and his six children, Anne Brown of Brightwood, Richard Preisser of Madison, Nora Scaramuzzino of Longwood, Florida, Alfred Preisser New York City, Aline Brady of Hudson, New York, and June Preisser of New York. He is also survived by his brother, Albert. Together they were comrades in life. A graveside service with military honors will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at the Culpeper National Cemetery (New Section). In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the American Legion Post 330 or the Culpeper VFW 2524, Culpeper, VA 22701. Preddy Funeral Home in Madison is in charge of arrangements.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.