Richard J. Korn, a retired Army National Guard sergeant who served the community through blizzards, ice storms and prison uprisings, died Friday in his Machias home after a long illness. He was 63.
Born in Buffalo, Mr. Korn graduated from Cleveland Hill High School. He was a longtime Cheektowaga resident who moved to Machias in 1992.
He joined the New York Army National Guard in 1960 and rose to the rank of sergeant first class.
Mr. Korn also served the community in his National Guard capacity during the Blizzard of 1977, the Attica Correctional Facility uprising and Operation Desert Storm. He received the Army Commendation Medal. Mr. Korn served in numerous National Guard units until his retirement in 2001.
After leaving the military, he worked as a bus driver for Laidlaw in the Pioneer Central School District until illness forced him to retire recently.
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Machias.
Mr. Korn was also active with the Boy Scouts throughout his life, serving the Niagara Frontier Council as a Scout leader and a district commissioner. His hobbies included boating, computer programming, playing harmonica and waltzing. He also enjoyed his cats.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, the former Jeanne M. Beilman of Machias; a daughter, Dawn M. Williams of Cheektowaga; and a son, Lawrence E. of North Tonawanda.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 7580 Clinton St., Elma. Burial will be in White Chapel Cemetery, Amherst.