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John E. Chalstrom II Obituary
Chalstrom II, John E. Age 72, died on November 1, 2012 in hospice at Mercy St. John's Hospital, Springfield, Missouri in the presence of his immediate family. He was born at Silver Cross Hospital, Joliet, Illinois on April 26, 1940, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clare E. Chalstrom of Joliet and Kansas City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John E. Chalstrom of Joliet and Mr. and Mrs. Rubin S. Williar of Chiles, Kansas. He is survived by his son, John E. Chalstrom III; his wife, Victoria, of Fairbanks, Alaska and their children, Patrick and Nicole; his daughter, Kathryn Lynn and her husband, Kevin Stewart of Duluth, Georgia and their children, Kyle and his wife Michelle; Keaton, and Kasey; and great-granddaughters, Scarlett Stewart and Claire Dolph. He is also survived by his sister, Ida Marie, her husband, Robert L. Douglas, Esq., of Robinson, Illinois and their son, Clinton A. Douglas II of Washington, DC. Additionally, Mr. Ron Rogers and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Heslin of Springfield, Missouri absolutely re-defined the term "friendship" in their relationship with John. John spent his early years in Joliet and then resided in Kansas City, Harrisonville, and Springfield, Missouri. He married Linda Lockridge of Kansas City in 1962 and they later divorced. He attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City and served in the United States Navy. He loved "all creatures great and small" and was never without the companionship of a canine friend as well as birds, cats, a goat and the occasional wayward garter snake tethered to a leash to make his mother more comfortable. The outdoors was sacred to John and he reveled in hunting, camping, fishing, and being on the water and in the woods. He was blessed to be able to consistently follow the lives of his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nephew and in spite of life's challenges, he truly loved them in an all-encompassing way. John had an insatiable curiosity and overcame many quite daunting events. At various stages of life he was a builder, a farmer, a designer, and always a dreamer. In honor of those dreams, the family suggests memorials to a hospice or a humane society of one's choice. At John's direction, his remains were cremated and a private memorial celebration will be held at a later date. Finally, in the words of the Bard, we say to John "Good night, sweet prince. And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Published in The Herald-News on Nov. 14, 2012
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