A Mass of Christian Burial for Richard Kerwin Kingston, a retired food broker and decorated World War II veteran who was captured by the Germans, will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Pius X Catholic Church, 1700 North French Road, Getzville.
Mr. Kingston, who was born in Buffalo, died Wednesday in Sisters Hospital after a long illness. He was 81.
He served with the 422nd Infantry Regiment as a heavy-weapons gunner in Europe until his capture in 1944. He was a prisoner of war until April 1945.
His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Mr. Kingston entered the food sales and promotion business in 1951 and teamed with Michael Remmes in 1982 to form Remmes-Kingston & Associates, which employed 19 people at its headquarters in Cheektowaga. Mr. Kingston was executive vice president of the firm.
At the time of his death, he had been a member of George F. Lamm Post, American Legion, in Williamsville for 65 years and the Forty & 8 Societe for 51 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Purple Heart Association. He had served as president of the Food Brokers Association.
Mr. Kingston and his wife, Gurtha Miles Kingston, raised 41 foster children in addition to their own children. She died in 1996.
Survivors include a daughter, Joanne Walleshauser, and a son, Michael.