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Jeremiah "Jere" Grosh Crise, age 88, passed away on Friday, November 2, at Amita Health Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Jere was born on October 23, 1930, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Anna and William Crise. He graduated from Wiley High School in Terre Haute and enrolled at Indiana State Teacher's College. He left college and enlisted in the Indiana National Guard in 1947, following a long tradition of military service in his family. At his brothers' insistence, Jere transferred to the Air Force, and after basic training, he volunteered to serve in The Korean War in 1953. He was assigned to the 51st Fighter Interceptor Wing and was an F-86 Crew Chief at Suwon Air Base. He continued his military service for several years and ended up as a staff sergeant at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois where he met his future wife, Lois Ann Sappington. Jere and Lois were married for 50 years and had two children, Traci and Scott. Jere earned a bachelor's degree in business from Washington University and a master's degree in accounting from Roosevelt University. He worked for Safeco Insurance and St. Paul Insurance Company until he retired and opened his business, J.L. Company, specializing in construction bonds. Jere served on the school board for District 21 and helped oversee the building of the Kirk School in Palatine. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Korean War Veterans Association, and the Korean War National Museum and Library where he served as president. He was a proud member of Soldiers' Angels, an organization that supports our troops and disabled veterans, and weather permitting, he collected money for this organization every Saturday at area grocery stores with his good friend, George Rawlinson. Jere was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and his brothers, William (Shirley) and Jack (Mary Kay) Crise. He is survived by his sister, Mary Anne (Jim) Smyth, daughter, Traci (Chet) Matysek, and son, Scott (Martha) Crise, as well as his grandchildren, Nicholas and Jennifer Matysek and Natalie and Cynthia Crise. Jere was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who cherished time with his family above everything else. Jere was a proud American and a proud veteran. He was fiercely loyal to his family and missed his wife, Lois, very much after her death in 2006. Visitation will be held Friday, November 9, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Meadows Funeral Home, 3615 Kirchoff Road (½ block east of Route 53), Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 10, at 11:00 a.m., at Meadows Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kirk School at 520 S. Plum Grove Rd., Palatine, Illinois 60067. Information, 847-253-0224 or www.Meadowsfh.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2018
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