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Published February 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Robert "Bob" Chrissis

Robert "Bob" Chrissis was born on September 11, 1925, to Andrew and Margaret (Erdman) Chrissis. He attended Dilworth, MN, public schools until his senior year, when he enlisted in the US Navy during WWII.

Bob served on the USS Halligan from 1943 until March, 1945. The Halligan was sunk by an enemy mine off the shore of Okinawa leaving over half of his 300 crew members dead, and Bob wounded. Bob received the Purple Heart from his hospital bed in Guam, from Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander of the Pacific Fleet.

Robert "Bob" Chrissis

Robert "Bob" Chrissis was born on September 11, 1925, to Andrew and Margaret (Erdman) Chrissis. He attended Dilworth, MN, public schools until his senior year, when he enlisted in the US Navy during WWII.

Bob served on the USS Halligan from 1943 until March, 1945. The Halligan was sunk by an enemy mine off the shore of Okinawa leaving over half of his 300 crew members dead, and Bob wounded. Bob received the Purple Heart from his hospital bed in Guam, from Admiral Chester Nimitz, Commander of the Pacific Fleet.

Bob returned from the war to recover from his injuries and met Florence A. Knudtson. They were married in Moorhead, MN, on May 24, 1952, and were blessed with two sons, Andy and Randy. In 1966, the family went to Duluth, MN, and adopted their son, Barrett.

Bob had a 34 year career as a switchman for Burlington Northern Railroad out of the Dilworth yard office. Bob served on the Dilworth City Council for over 25 years and was a police commissioner for the city. Bob was also a member of the Dilworth American Legion and also a lifelong charter member of the Dilworth Lions Club.

Bob was known for his sense of humor, practical jokes, and ability to make friends.

Bob made many friends at Eventide while visiting Florence three times a day during the five years she lived there. He maintained those friendships to his dying day. He passed away in Sanford Health, Fargo, on Sunday, February 16, 2014, at 88 years of age. Blessed be his memory.

Bob is survived by sons, Andy (Connie) Chrissis of Vadnais Heights, MN, Randy (Renee) Chrissis of Glenwood, MN, and Barrett (Kristi) Chrissis of Buffalo, MN; seven grandchildren, Emily, Erik, Laura, Lacy, David, Sierra and Raya; five great-grandchildren (with one on the way); and sister, Caroline Thorson of Dilworth.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gregory, Nick, John; and sister, Angeline Tradewell.

Memorial Service: Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 2:30 PM, in Bottolfson Chapel of Eventide on 8th, Moorhead, MN. Burial: East Salem Cemetery, Hitterdal, MN, to follow.

Online Guestbook and Complete Obituary: www.korsmofuneralservice.com

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