Ray F. Chrisman, 87, of the Iowa Veterans Home, died there on Monday morning, Dec. 31, 2012. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Iowa Veterans Home Cemetery with Angela Doty, chaplain of IVH officiating. There will be full military honors provided by the combined groups of Veterans of Foreign Wars Harry C. Harter Post #839 and American Legion Frank Lewis Glick Post #46. There will be no visitation. For condolences, please visit www.mitchellfh.com. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Ray and his family.
Born on March 29, 1925, in Whitten, he was the son of Orin Fredrick and Verda (Godfrey) Chrisman. He graduated from the Whitten High School and soon served our country honorably in the United States Army during World War II. Ray was employed at Gra-Iron and Lennox Industries.
Surviving are his daughter and son: Shirley (Darriel) Coatney, of Marshalltown, and Gary (Betty) Chrisman, of Steamboat Rock; step-children: Pam Pierre, of Gifford; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; his siblings: Lois Drummer, of Marshalltown, Larry (Sunny) Chrisman, of Union, Wallace (Barb) Chrisman, of Eldora and Joy Navara; many nieces, nephews and his family at the Iowa Veterans Home.
In death, he rejoined his parents and siblings: Earl, Fern, and Margie.