1st Lieutenant Richard William Horrigan was killed in action while strafing enemy aircraft at an airstrip in eastern Germany on April 17, 1945. His body could not be recovered
because of Soviet control of the area for many years. Through the perseverance of the Defense P.O.W/M.I.A. Accounting Agency his remains were ultimately recovered
and identified through DNA and other physical evidence. The family is profoundly grateful to the agencies involved. Richard Horrigan, “Dick” or “Con” to close friends was born
January 17, 1921, in Chester, W. VA., to Cornelius Patrick Horrigan and Elizabeth Kraus. After graduating from Chester High School in 1938 and working at Taylor, Smith and Taylor
Pottery, he answered our nation’s call after Pearl Harbor and enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. While in the service he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Conklin. After
flight training he was posted to Europe and flew many missions in a P47 Thunderbolt fighter-bomber. He is survived by his son, Richard Horrigan, MD; grand-daughter, Jennifer Horrigan Shipman; great-granddaughter, Sami Shipman; nephew John Poulson and niece Bonnie Horrigan Slade.
Private services will be held at the Arner Funeral Chapel.