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Obituaries » Arthur “Buck” Costello

Arthur Berkley “Buck” Costello, 91, of Warrenton, was called to his heavenly home on May 12, 2017.

He was born March 8, 1926, in Warrenton, to the late Lloyd and Florence Costello.

Mr. Costello graduated from Warrenton High School. He joined the Navy at age 17 and became a torpedo man in the submarine service in World War II. He trained at New London, Conn., and Mare Island, Calif. He served aboard the SS397, Scabbardfish, in the Pacific. He was on Guam, Hawaii, Siapan, Midway and Eniwetak and was on war patrol at the war’s end.

After the war, Mr. Costello returned to Warrenton and worked at Warrenton Supply, Tom Frost’s garage and the Warrenton Training Center. He retired from the federal government after 30 years.

During his life, he was a member of the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Department. He also helped organize the Warrenton volunteer Rescue Squad and eventually headed up the squad. He was honored to become a lifetime member of the rescue squad. His volunteer work with the fire department and rescue squad spanned more than 30 years.

As a long-time member of Warrenton Baptist Church, he served as a Sunday school teacher for more 50 years, was a trustee of the church and served as a deacon more than 40 years.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Alberta Ramey Costello; a son, Donald Costello of Richmond; a daughter, Kimberly Housman and husband Scott of Warrenton; a sister, Doris Bowen and husband Robert of Warrenton, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

A sister, Mae Bass, preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton, preceded by visitation at 1:30 p.m. There will be a private burial at the Warrenton Cemetery. Rev. Frank Fishback and Rev. Jay Lawson will lead the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co., which includes the rescue squad, or the Warrenton Baptist Church.
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