Richard Junior Courson

Born: Tue., Jun. 26, 1923
Died: Tue., Feb. 20, 2018


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Mar. 02, 2018
Location: Pendleton Pioneer Chapel

Graveside Service

11:00 AM Sat., Mar. 03, 2018
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Richard Junior Courson. Born June 26th, 1923 to Richard F. and Mary L. Courson. Mr. Courson was raised and attended school in Portland Oregon,

In May of 1942 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he was trained as a paratrooper and a rifleman. Mr. Courson was engaged in several combat missions in the central and south pacific including the assault on Iwo Jima  and the occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged  from theUnited States Marine Corps December 31, 1945. Mr. Courson returned to Oregon where he became a smoke jumper for the U.S Forest Service for a short Period of time.

Mr. Courson attended and graduated from Northwestern school of Law and was admitted to the Oregon State bar in 1954. Mr. Courson married Coralee Jane Waters in Portland Oregon in 1955. In 1956, after two years of general practice in Portland, Oregon, Mr. Courson and his wife moved to Pendleton Oregon where he practiced law with Mr. Ray Danner.  Mr. Courson was elected to the office of District Attorney in 1958 and appointed to District Court Judge for the State of Oregon In 1967 by Governor McCall where he served as District Court Judge for the next 24 years until his retirement in 1992.

Mr. Courson was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He especially liked packing into the high lakes of the Wallowa mountains and the Seven devils area in Idaho on horseback with friends. Mr. Courson and Bob Herbig were instrumental in reviving the Round Up Cowboy Mounted Band in 1985 where under the leadership of Mr. Courson they performed throughout the Northwest.  As a newly elected Round Up director, he saw the need for souvenirs and was instrumental in starting the souvenir program for the Pendleton Round Up.

Mr. Courson was preceded in death by his wife, and is survived by his children Julie, Richard T. Jeffrey K.  And by several grandchildren and great grandchildren

Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Pendleton Pioneer Chapel, Folsom-Bishop.  A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Olney Cemetery.  A celebration of life at the Roy Raley Room at the Pendleton Round-Up grounds to follow from noon until 4 p.m.

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Doug & Tedde (White) Holcomb
   Posted Thu February 22, 2018
We remember Judge Courson fondly and always admired his calm and no-nonsense approach to life and liberty.
My father, Ted White, former Umatilla Co Assessor, always talked very highly of your dad.
My husband and I always felt we had so much in common with the Judge, as we own a 1955 TBird, very similar to his. He always encouraged us to follow through and restore our car to drive it more!
Our condolences for your loss and blessings in the memories. Tedde

Dave Webb
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
Rick, Jeff, and Julie so sorry for your loss he was a good guy

Tom Hack
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
My condolences to the Courson family.

I fondly remember chatting with Judge Courson and his wife while we met often during our weekend walks at McKay/Pendleton Community Park. He would often talk about his days as a Judge while his Jack Russell Terrier "Daisy" and my dog "Misty" growled at each other.

I haven't seen him for quite a while. But he will be sorely missed.

Jim hanson
   Posted Fri February 23, 2018
I was assigned to the Milton Freewater state police post in 1975 and met judge coursion as a trooper in his courtroom. He was a credit to his profession and would always ask how things were going for you. It was an honor and privilege to know him. God speed Judge Courson

Noemi Wiseman
   Posted Sat February 24, 2018
Judge Richard will always be remembered . I had the opportunity to touch his life while working at McKay Creek. He is full of sense of humor , everybody loves him. A joy to everyone . May you Rest In Peace .

To Julie , Jeff and Rick, prayers for you all. He is in a better place .

Sincerely ,

Noemi Wiseman

Sam Pambrun
   Posted Sat February 24, 2018
Julie, Rick & Jeff,
Please accept our thoughts and prayers. After hunting with Dick for 25 years I think I can say without reservation he was one of the best persons I ever knew. He was a special friend to my dad Fay Pambrun and to Darrell Coppock. I grew up listening to the three of them pontificate on every subject imaginable. We're out of town, will miss his service but will be thinking of you,
Dottie and Sam Pambrun

Anne Swenson(Lebsock)
   Posted Mon February 26, 2018
Julie and family, I am sorry to hear about your father. I have great memories of him. My prayers are with you and your brothers.

Zachery & Amy Knight
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
Judge Courson was a great man and a true patriot. As we are both fellow Marines, we had a great respect for an Iwo Jima survivor. We will never forget our first Marine Corps birthday bash when Judge as the oldest Marine served cake to Amy as the youngest and she to him in Marine Corps tradition. He was a great man that dedicated most of his live to serving his country both here and abroad. He will be missed but truly exemplifies a life well lived. Semper Fidelis Marine.

Kenny Cochran
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
Condolences to Julie Rick Jeff, family and best of friends.

Dick was the total package: marine at Iwo Jima, smokejumper
wild land firefighter, attorney and district Judge, horseman, cowboy,
husband and father, director of Pendleton Round Up Mounted Band,
loyal friend to many. They don't make 'em like him anymore.

I will miss you my friend...our visits, our stories, our laughs,
your smile, your wit, your love for family, your love and loyalty
for country and flag. I learned a lot from you.

Thank you for your military service. You fought for our freedom,
for our rights, for our country and flag. You are leaving a lasting
legacy, a darn good one!

God bless America
God bless Judge Richard Courson

Happy Trails to you my friend...

Kenny Cochran
Feb 27, 2018

Cindy Rasch
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
He was a great man. Appreciate your note. Thinking of you.

Vic and Linda Gehling
   Posted Tue February 27, 2018
Julie, Rick, and Jeff,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families as you mourn the passing of your father. May the memories shared with family and friends during this difficult time, Comfort and soothe your grief.

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