Navy Department Official
Alexius Chrun, 82, who spent 24 years as a Navy Department civilian and retired in 1975 as deputy project manager at Naval Air Systems Command, died Aug. 17 at Suburban Hospital. He had cardiovascular disease.
Mr. Chrun, a Bethesda resident, was a Philadelphia native and a 1947 graduate of what is now Drexel University. He did graduate work in engineering at Drexel.
While he was serving in the Army during World War II, his left leg was crushed in a training accident and was amputated above the knee. He was honorably discharged with a disability.
He was a former commander of a Bethesda-Chevy Chase chapter of Disabled American Veterans and later joined a Rockville chapter. He also was a member of the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Anna Nemcovich Chrun of Bethesda, and a brother.
Edward N. Desideri
Edward N. Desideri, 90, a longtime Arlington resident who was a retired Army chief warrant officer, died Sept. 6 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He had sepsis and dementia.
Mr. Desideri was a Chicago native who served mostly as an administrative officer and records keeper during his more than 30 years in the Army.
He served in Europe during World War II and later had assignments at the Pentagon.
Mr. Desideri, who lived in the Washington area for about 40 years, retired from active military duty in 1971.
He then worked part time for the Don Beyer Volvo dealership in Falls Church and at the Merrifield post office.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Arlington.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Antonietta Desideri of Annandale, a brother and two sisters.