MELFORD LEROY CRISMAN VALPARAISO, IN
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Melford Leroy Crisman, 85, of Valparaiso, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Horton VNA Hospice Center. He was born April 25, 1927 in Wheeler to Ralph Benjamin and Pauline Ester (Willett) Crisman. Mel graduated from Valparaiso High School, attended Valparaiso University and received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in education from Ball State University. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Crisman spent his career with the Valparaiso Community Schools as an elementary teacher and principal where he served at Northview, Columbia, Banta, Gardner and Parkview, retiring in 1988 as the principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary after 24 years there. He was the coordinator of elementary athletics for 27 years. Mel was a life member of the NEA and the Indiana PTA, a 30 year member and past president of the Indiana Dunes Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and a 36 year member of the Valparaiso Teachers Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1940, where he used his gift of a "green thumb" to tend the gardens around the church. He was a former member of the board of directors of the Salvation Army, the YMCA, United Way and the Youth Service Bureau. He was also active with the Boy Scouts and was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include two brothers: Virgil (Millie) Crisman of Monticello and Paul (Bettie) Crisman of Hobart; one sister, Carol (Bob) Stubblefield of DeMotte; and many nieces and nephews. Mel is also survived by special friends: Mark and Jan Fisher, and Bill Mathews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Phyllis Crockett on January 14, 2013, and her husband William Crockett in 1978. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 3:00 PM at First United Methodist Church, 103 N. Franklin St., Valparaiso, where visitation will be held beginning at 1:00 PM. Private burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Salvation Army. Moellerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Times on Jan. 25, 2013