SPRINGFIELD – Charles E. Sakris, 88, of Springfield died at 4 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2010, at St. John’s Hospice. Mr. Sakris was born in Springfield on July 27, 1921, the son of Charles and Laura (Wieborg) Sakris. His parents and sister, Shirley Sakris Koppen, preceded him in death.
He graduated from Feitshans High School and Browns Business College. A lifelong resident of Springfield, he was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Springfield Motor Boat Club, American Legion Springfield Post 32, AARP, life member of the USS Essex Association and the Feitshans High School Alumni.
Mr. Sakris served in 1942-1945, during World War II, in the U. S. Navy. He was aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex CV9 in the Pacific 1943-1945. On Dec. 25, 1948 he was united in marriage to Eleanor Schweitzer.
Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Sakris; one daughter, Cheryl Sue Sakris of Springfield; two sons, Charles Franklin (wife, Sharon) Sakris and Donald Rolfe (wife, Kathy) Sakris of Rochester; six grandchildren, Lantz, Lindsay and Derek Sakris and C.J., Matthew and Lauren Vala; sister-in-law, Norma Browning Gordon (husband, Roger); three great-grandchildren; two nephews; and two nieces.
Graveside services and interment will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice, St. John’s Hospice and Visiting Nurses, 800 E. Carpenter Street Springfield, IL 62769 or Grace Lutheran Food Pantry, 714 E. Capitol Ave. Springfield, IL 62701.
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