Charles Martin Crissey died on December 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 73 years old.

Written by Brust Funeral Home on December 16th, 2015

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Dr. Crissey was born on January 7, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Ola Crissey and grew up in Lombard where he attended Lincoln and Hammerschmidt Elementary Schools, Lombard Jr. High, Glenbard West and Glenbard East High School, where he was a member of their first graduating class. Charley went on to do advanced studies at Lincoln Junior College in Lincoln, IL; Culver Stockton College in Canton, MO; Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; and Roosevelt University in Chicago. A dyslexic, Charley’s involvement in the academic world, from his earliest struggles to his ultimate successes, including a PhD in Educational Leadership, is all the more impressive when taking into account the lifelong obstacles his reading disability forced him to confront.

One of Charley’s first jobs was with the Lombard Park District where he advanced from Life Guard at the Municipal Pool to Pool Manager and part time Park District employee. He taught sixth grade at Pleasant Lane School where he served as teachers’ union president, then served as principal at Greenbrook Elementary School and Springwood Jr. High in Keeneyville, Thomas Middle School in Arlington Heights, and Lakeview Middle School in Watsonville, California. Dr. Crissey went on to teach education courses at the University of Phoenix, at Kadena AFB in Okinawa, Japan. He supervised student teachers based in the Asian Pacific region, and mentored administrative interns through the Las Vegas campus.

Charles is survived by his wife Etsuko Crissey of Las Vegas, his sons Charles Dean of Streamwood, IL and Ryan Thomas (Kristin) of Oswego, IL and their mother Kathleen Marden; his brother Fred of New Richmond, WI; his sister Linda of Las Vegas, NV; and six grandchildren both here and overseas.

A Memorial Gathering will be held on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 South Main Street, Lombard.                On Friday, January 8 there will be a graveside service for the family at Forest Hill Cemetery of Glen Ellyn.


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Susan Branson says:

    Charles was a very special friend when we were young. Many special memories.
    My thoughts are with all his family.
    He was a special person.

  2. Carol (Kaiser) Shepard says:

    Charles, or Charlie as we kids use to call him back in Grammar and High School, will always be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, compassion and great smile, as well as his being a great basketball player. I have a picture from a party at my home in 7th grade that he came to and he was so fun at it I remember too. My condolences to all of his family.

    Sincerely, Carol

  3. Christina Finn says:

    Our deepest condolences to the Ryan Crissey Family for the Loss of your Father. You and Yours are in both our Hearts & PRAYERS! Hugs Christina & Daniel Finn and Family

  4. Bob Kieper Class of '62 says:

    I also remember Chuck as a very friendly out going classmate…I had him in two of my classes in high school…and most of the time…no…always a great person to be around and have fun with…while I have lost touch with him…like so many from school…I will keep all those memories in my heart and mind…and to his family…I would like to extend my condolences to his family as I am sure he will be truly missed and remembered by all that he touched…all his life…May he now rest in peace…

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