Larry Joseph Chisausky passed away peacefully Friday (April 12, 2019), with his family and his beloved dog by his side.
Records show he was born to World War II veteran Joseph Chisausky and Anne Paldowic Chisausky, in Albuquerque, N.M., on Jan. 23, 1947. Larry, however, insists he landed with the aliens at Roswell, just 201 miles away, that same year.
Larry developed strong calves and a deep seated love for coffee and donuts at a very young age working as a paper boy in Chicago, before starting to work 25 hours per day in the restaurant industry.
He proudly served our country as a U.S. Army Artillery Specialist in Vietnam from February 1968 to September 1969. He saw combat and returned with life and limb intact, though a little hard of hearing (which lives on in the loudness of his children’s voices). Upon return, he worked in various IT positions, where he taught himself programming in multiple languages and co-authored a book.
Surviving are four children, Eric (Gwendolyn), Rachel, Lucas and Jacob; three grandchildren, Colin, Liam and Sean; a very wide dog; and decades worth of dehydrated food.
He will forever be remembered for his energy and enthusiasm for the great outdoors, his readiness for the apocalypse and his great skill in getting discounts and freebies.
Larry marched to the tune of his own drum, or in his case, perhaps a Native American flute song. He could always be depended on to clear a dessert table at the end of a party, and to continue learning throughout his life, most recently earning his Community Emergency Response Team Certification at the age of 71. He spent countless hours teaching
First Aid and emergency preparedness to scouts, survival groups and anyone who would listen.
He never hesitated to brag about his children or his own accolades, which included American Legion Post 392 1st Vice Commander, Boy Scout Woodbadge recipient, Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, Live Free American Survivor leader, Will County Veterans Commission Board Member, and many others.
Although the Verizon Customer Service Department likely will appreciate the reprieve, Larry will be missed by the many people touched by his unique and energetic life.
Memorials may be made to your local scouting organization.
Memorial visitation will be from 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, until the 6 p.m. memorial service at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone.
The Peotone American Legion will provide honors. After the memorial service, the family invites everyone to join together at the Peotone American Legion Hall for dinner. A memorial funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Peotone, with the Rev. Roger Kutzner officiating. Military honors and committal services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 22, in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.
Please sign his online guestbook at feddehelfrichcrossfh.com.