June 26, 1938 - Dec. 4, 2011
Robert Cecil "Bob" Chrisman, age 73, died at Wallowa Memorial Hospital in Enterprise, Ore., on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, after a long battle with prostate cancer.
Born June 26, 1938, in Enterprise, to Lottie A. McCrae and Cecil M. Chrisman, he graduated from Wallowa High School in 1956, received his Bachelor of Arts from Whitman College in 1962, and received his Master of Arts from Walla Walla College in 1968. Bob played basketball at Whitman and was a four-year lettermen. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity while attending Whitman College.
On Nov. 24, 1961, he married Linda L. Johnson. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. He started his career as a teacher at Garrison Junior High School in Walla Walla, in 1969. That year he became Vice-Principal at Ellensburg High School in Ellensburg, Washington. In 1972 he joined his family's insurance and real estate business, Coleman Chrisman Insurance, in Wallowa, which was founded by his father. He spent many years as an insurance agent and real estate broker. He retired in 1997 selling the business to his sons.
Bob served on many local boards and committees including Wallowa City Council and Wallowa County Planning Commission. He was the first President of the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and one of the founders of the Wallowa Lions Club.
Bob had numerous hobbies and interests. He enjoyed travel, hunting, fishing, sports, camping, and spending time at his cabin at Wallowa Lake. He especially enjoyed conversation and spent countless hours talking to friends and family.
Bob is survived by his wife, Linda, of Wallowa; son, Tony, his wife Julie and children Anna and Sara; son, Doug, wife Stephanie and children Tyler, Shawna, Alex, and Jake all of Wallowa; and sister, Susan Chase, of Grass Valley, Ore. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Burial was at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at the Bramlet Cemetery at Wallowa. Relatives and friends are welcome at the service and the reception at the home of Bob Linda Chrisman immediately following.
Memorial contributions are welcome and should be mailed to the Wallowa School Foundation, Lottie and Cecil Chrisman Memorial Scholarship, 175 Hwy 82, Lostine, Oregon 97857.