Robert John Ardisana, 77, of Riverside, died Aug. 14, 2020.
Mr. Ardisana was born Sept. 12, 1942 and was known as an adventurer who always had a project in the works.
He went on his first airplane ride in a crop duster at his aunt and uncle’s farm in Wisconsin when he was just a kid and knew from that day that he belonged in the sky. He flew various small planes throughout his life as a private pilot out of Midway, then Lewis University and most recently Bult Field, though he said his favorite plane was the Stearman.
With everlasting enthusiasm and seemingly endless energy, Mr. Ardisana was also an entrepreneur and small business owner of Nova Printing and Litho in Chicago. He was a scuba diver and part of the Penguin Scuba Club in the 1970s.
He enjoyed sailing, skiing, and traveling with his children and wife. He especially loved trips to state and national parks. He enthusiastically shared stories of his adventures with family and friends alike.
Mr. Ardisana always kept busy with home improvement projects, car work, building a kit airplane and maintaining his fishponds. He was quick to lend a helping hand and could fix just about anything.
An avid reader, often reading multiple books at a time, it seemed like he knew something about just about everything. He was an animal lover and shared a special bond with many dogs over his life and his macaw Sweet Pea. He is missed tremendously by his family and friends.
Mr. Ardisana was the husband of 38 years to Corinne Ardisana (nee Ciemiega); the father of Laura (the late Edward) Dagdick, Mark (Debbi) Ardisana, Katherine (Steven) Domian, Robert (Karen) Ardisana, Rhiannon (Travis) Cleveland, Racquel (Joseph) Penney and Ryanne (William) Hanley; the grandfather of Richard Graves, Jonathan Graves, Bryan Ardisana, Mark Ardisana, Cassandra Quinton, Steven Domian, Devin Hard, A.J. Ardisana, Grayson Cleveland, Kennedy Cleveland and the late Charles Graves; the great grandfather of six; brother of eight; brother-in-law of Doreen (Charles) Christensen; and the uncle and great uncle of many nieces and nephews.
At this time family has elected to keep services and interment private.
Hitzeman Funeral Home, Brookfield, handled arrangements.
Those wishing to express condolences online can visit HitzemanFuneral.com. If you wish to send a sympathy card to the family, send it to Hitzeman Funeral Home, 9445 31st St., Brookfield, 60513, c/o the Robert John Ardisana Family.