Roger  Chrisman

Obituary of Roger Mount Chrisman

Roger M. Chrisman was born May 8,1940 to Roger N. Chrisman, and June Mount Chrisman in Denver Colorado. Roger grew up in the Erie area and attended the Erie Schools. Upon graduation from High School Roger attended Lamar Junior College and then joined the United States Coast Guard.  He attended boot camp at Government Island in Alameda, California and was soon transferred to Seattle Washington to begin his career.  Roger was stationed aboard the USCG Northwind and was a crew member during the International Geophysical Year in the Antarctic (1958/1959.)  The mission was called Operation Deepfreeze. Its destination was McMurdo Sound, Antarctica by way of San Diego, Christchurch, New Zealand, and after, returning to the US by way of Valparaiso Chile. 

In 1959 Roger was assigned to another mission, The Bering Sea Patrol, by way of Alaska. Its final destination was the North Pole.  He visited almost every town and village in Alaska from Ketchikan, to Point Barrow and then ventured deep into the ice.  At this time he was stationed in Nome Alaska, witness to the 1st historic run under the polar ice cap by the USS Skate submarine. 

In 1960, Roger was transferred to Hawaii, then to Guam for further assignment to Angaur Island for one year, located in the island nation of Palau. 

He was then transferred back to Seattle in 1961, assigned to the USCG Klamath-a high endurance gun boat and cutter built for service in the Alaskan waters.  This tour took him on a round robin service tour through the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan, back just in time to witness the Seattle World’s Fair. His final assignment landed him back in Alaska, aboard the USCG Klamath on fisheries patrol duty.

Roger’s USCG sea service took him to the far ends of our globe-the North Pole, the South Pole, the South Pacific. Roger crossed both the Equator and the International Dateline by sea.

After his time with the Coast Guard, Roger was Employed by the Colorado Game and Fish department, which fostered his love for the outdoors, especially fly fishing, and hunting. In 1963 Roger married the love of his life, Hope Montano. They have been married for 59 years. In 1965, Roger was employed by IBM.  He attended and graduated from IBM Programmer School. He attended nightly classes at Regis and CU as well, in 1988 he graduated from the University Phoenix with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  He retired after 30 years as the System Control Manager for banking. Roger then went back to work for Lexmark International for another five years before completely retiring. In addition to all this, he was also a Staff Sergeant assigned to the 140th Tactical Fighter Group in the Colorado Air National Guard.  

By 2004, Hope and Roger moved to Loveland where they reside today. This is where he found another activity that he loved- Golf, venturing to courses throughout Ireland, Scotland, Mexico, and many courses in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California.

Roger was a master at capturing history and he has carefully recorded significant events of his life year by year- entitled “THE CHRISMAN CHRONICLES”

Surviving family members:  Hope, Todd Chrisman, Jackie

Christinson, Renee/DJ O’Neil. Brother Tom/Linda Chrisman. Grandchildren, Kylie, Erik, Finn, Kory, Macie, and great grandchild Calan. 

Donations can be made to the Loveland Choral Society.

Services are August 3, 2023, 10:30 am 

                          St. John Evangelist Catholic Parish

                              1720 W. 12th St 

                                Loveland, Colorado

                                   970 635 5800

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Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am
Thursday, August 3, 2023
Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Parish
1730 W 12th St.
Loveland, Colorado, United States
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