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DANVILLE - Richard Alan Chrisman, 85, of Danville, Ill., formerly of Bloomington, Ill., passed away at 11:30 p.m. Jan. 13, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family.
Richard was born Feb. 20, 1931, in Bismarck, Ill., the son of Merle and Dorothy (Boggess) Chrisman.
He married Anna Marie Schlorff on July 1, 1951, in Danville. She survives.
Other survivors include his daughter, Nancy (Lon) Henderson of Danville; three sons, Paul (Evie) Chrisman of Suwanee, Ga., Greg (Deborah) Chrisman of Jericho, Vt., and Stephen (Amy) Chrisman of Danville; seven grandchildren, Nathan Henderson of Danville, Scott (fiancée Kim) Chrisman of Los Angeles, Calif., Daniel Chrisman of St Thomas, USVI, Erick (fiancée Erin) Henderson of Danville, Nathanael Davis of Alpharetta, Ga., Isaac Davis of Suwanee, Ga., and Aidan Chrisman of Danville; one great-grandchild, Gabriel Chrisman-Hawryluk of Los Angeles, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Daniel (Carolyn) Schlorff of Danville; and one sister-in-law, Ann Chrisman Parsons of Anderson, Ind.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Donald Chrisman and Curtis Chrisman.
Richard was a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, Garrett Theological Seminary and Northwestern University. He was a minister for the United Methodist Church and served in Ludlow, Flannigan, Deselm, Ellsworth, Woodhull, Hanna City, Streator, Chrisman and Mason City, Ill. Richard served the Central Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church as Conference Secretary and Conference Historian for many years.
Richard loved historical research and had several books and numerous articles published about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War and Methodist Church history. He also wrote poetry and did extensive research into his family genealogy. In his younger days, he was an avid photographer. He enjoyed reading nonfiction and was usually doing research with each read.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion St., Danville, with Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center assisting the family with arrangements. Pastors Justin Snider, Donald Jones and Zach Lacrone will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville.
Memorials may be made to the Preachers Aid Society and Benefit Fund, 5900 S. 2nd St., Springfield, IL 62711.
Published on January 16, 2017
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