ST. CHARLES – Robert Lewis Chrisman, 87, of St. Charles, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 25, 2013, in St. Charles. He was born April 19, 1925, in Bloomington, the son of Earl and Marese (nee Greene) Chrisman. He was united in marriage to Norma Garner on Dec. 24, 1946, in Colfax.
Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy
. He fought with the first joint Navy and Marine strikeforce, GROPAC 1, involved in the invasions of Tarawa and Makin in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands. He then served aboard the USS New Jersey in the Mariana and Palau Islands campaign, battles of Philippine Sea and Leyte Gulf, the South China Sea, as well as Okinawa. He had detailed shipboard recollections of the December 1944 Typhoon Cobra (Halsey's Typhoon) that sank three destroyers and heavily damaged the third fleet. By the end of the war, Bob had been honored with five bronze battle stars.
Robert worked for the Eureka Corporation in Bloomington for 46 years. He was a life member of the Bloomington VFW
Post 454 and Lodge 43 AF & AM. He loved nature, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was most proud of having built his home in southeast Bloomington, where he and Norma lived until moving to St. Charles in 2003.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol (Ronald) McIntyre of St. Charles; and his grandchildren, Brian (Adriana) McIntyre of Brookline, Mass., and Valerie (David) Ostrow of Oak Park.
In addition to his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Norma in 2005; and his brother, Don.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.