Eulan Chism, 92, U.S. Marine Corps and Army veteran who met his wife while stationed in Germany

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Eulan Chism
Eulan Chism

Eulan Chism was born in Glasgow, Ky., on February 22, 1924, and died Saturday, March 19, 2016.

He was the son of Amos and Mayme Chism, who preceded him in death, as well as his twin brother, Ewell Chism. He is survived by his wife, Waltraud ‘Trudy’ Chism; daughter, Donna Chism; granddaughters, Mariel Potter and Leanne (Matthew) Defino; and great-grandchildren, David and Ava Grace Defino; and a faithful canine companion, Sheba.

Eulan, a World War II Korean and Vietnam veteran, my best friend and loving husband has gone home to be with the Lord, The True Living God. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Eulan joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942 and served heroically in the South Pacific until 1945. He then joined the Kentucky National Guard and later re-enlisted in the U.S. Army. During his service, he did two tours in Korea and one tour in Vietnam. He also did three tours in Germany, where he met his loving wife of 57 years, Trudy, in Mannheim.

After retirement from the U.S. Army in 1970, he continued to be a prosperous and well-liked man of God. He was employed at Woolco Department Store as a department manager, Cheatham Annex in security and Busch Gardens in the supply warehouse.

He will be greatly missed as a neighbor, friend, brother and proud member of the DAV No. 34.

Family members want to thank friends and caregivers. Special thanks to Larry Van Doren and Dick Trombley, Star Volunteers of Hospice House Williamsburg as well as Don Seger of Faith in Action for their excellent care and companionship.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Williamsburg Hospice House 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188; Disabled American Veterans, Patrick Henry Chapter 34, 3310 Craggy Oak Court, Williamsburg, VA 23188; or Williamsburg Area Faith in Action, 354 McLaws Circle, Suite 2, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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