Robert Joseph Serra

July 14, 1920June 17, 2014

Springfield- Robert Joseph Serra, 93, passed away June 17, 2014 at St. John's Hospice surrounded by his 4 children.

He was born July 14, 1920 to Anthony and Theresa Serra.

Robert was a proud veteran of WWII having served in the navy aboard the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier. The Yorktown was involved in major naval battles including Coral Sea and Midway where on June 6, 1942 the ship was sunk. Dad and many crew members were in the water for 10 hours while the battle raged on. Following his naval service, he married Dorothy Coleman on September 25, 1948. He worked in the postal service until he retired. Together, they raised 4 children and built numerous homes.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy. He is survived by 3 sons, Tom (Linda), Jim (Jeannie) Joe (Judi) and 1 daughter, Sandy (Henry), 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 10 am Tuesday June 24, 2014 at Camp Butler National Cemetery. The Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and the United States Navy will provide full military honors. A celebration of life will follow at the Firefighters-Postal Club.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home. 544-5424

Please visit the online "Life Remembered Story" at where tributes and condolences may be left for the family.


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Robert Joseph Serra

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June 28, 2014

After reading Mr. Serra's obit, I must extend condolences to his family and thank them for his service to our country. His bravery and courage in time of war was so commendable.

Janet (Chew) Barkmeier

June 27, 2014

Sincere sympathies to the Serra family. May happy memories provide comfort at this difficult time.

Colleen Lavin

June 26, 2014

To the entire Serra Family:
What a legacy. Another of the 'greatest generation' rests in peace.

Tom Groesch

June 24, 2014

Tom, My condolences on the passing of your dad.

John Dooling

June 23, 2014

Tom, sorry to read of the passing of your dad. I can recall raising his ire a few times when we were in high school.

John Knox

June 23, 2014

Our condolences to the Serra family. May He rest in peace. John and Nancy Knox

Kathy and Brock Dunlap

June 23, 2014

Joe, Judi, Natalie and Lacy,
We are very sorry for your loss. We hope you can find comfort in knowing how he touched so many people in his kind ways. May he rest in peace.

Mike and Amy (Daley) Laughlin

June 23, 2014

Jim, Jeannie, and family:

Very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. You have our prayers and sympathy.

June 23, 2014

From all the members of the Springfield Fire Department we send our condolences to the Serra family.
Ken Fustin
Springfield Fire Chief

Cathy Loyd (McCue)

June 23, 2014

Lots of wonderful memories of your parents and all of the friends they had at the Rod n Reel back In the days. Your dad was a nice guy and those were some fun times growing up. My condolences to all of you.