Archive for Thursday, July 5, 2007

Obituary: William E. Calder

July 5, 2007

Graveside services with military honors for William Earl Calder, 85, Edgerton, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth.

Mr. Calder died Friday, June 29, 2007, at Villa St. Francis in Olathe.

He was born Nov. 14, 1921, in rural Johnson County, the son of William P. and Pearl Dorthy Gnase Calder. He graduated from Gardner High School in 1940 and Ottawa University in 1950.

Mr. Calder served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946 in Company C, 35th Division, 137th Infantry, participating in the Battle of Normandy. He was awarded three Purple Hearts.

He was a high school English teacher and coached football and track in Eskridge, Ottawa, Pomona and De Soto. After retiring from teaching, he worked for the Kansas Department of Transportation for 10 years.

Mr. Calder was a member of the De Soto Veterans of Foreign Wars and attended Gardner Baptist Church.

He married Mary Anne Heydon on Jan. 30, 1948, in Topeka. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include three sons, Dudley Wade Calder, Huntley, Ill., William Arlin Calder, Gardner, and Scott Edward Calder, Olathe; a daughter, Brooke Anne Newton, Longwood, Fla.; a sister, Arvelda Smith, Edgerton; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A brother, Eldon Calder, preceded him in death.

The family suggests memorial to Olathe Hospice, sent in care of the Bruce Funeral Home, P.O. Box 192, Gardner 66030.

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