Robert D. Calhoun 1930-2020

BOARDMAN — Robert D. Calhoun, 90, passed away peacefully late Friday evening, Dec. 25, 2020, at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman.

Robert, known as “Bob,” was born Sept. 30, 1930, in Flint, Mich., the son of the late Ernest and Helen Gault Calhoun.

Bob was a 1948 graduate of Bendle High School in Burton, Mich. In 1951, he enlisted in the Marine Corps. and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and returned to his hometown after his service. He began working for General Motors Fisher Body No. 2 in Flint, Mich., as a worker’s compensation administrator. Bob and his family relocated to Youngstown after accepting a transfer to the Lordstown Plant, from where he retired with more than 30 years of service with General Motors.

Bob was a longtime and active member of St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Canfield until its closing. He enjoyed arriving early, greeting everyone as an usher and then helping serve coffee and donuts after Mass. He was also involved in the Vestry, the Men’s Club, and volunteered at many of the church’s dinners and activities. Most recently, he was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Boardman.

Bob loved life in general and throughout the years, he enjoyed many things, particularly walking the mall and visiting with his friends for coffee afterward. He also enjoyed bowling, golfing, going to the Canfield Fair, and rooting on the Michigan Wolverines. He especially loved attending his four grandson’s extracurricular activities throughout their lives. Bob also enjoyed doing things with his wife, Jean, such as dance club, traveling, going to the casinos and spending summers in Traverse City, Mich., where they had a second home and enjoyed hosting family and friends.

He leaves his wife of 60 years, the former Marilyn “Jean” Hockey, whom he married May 21, 1960; sons, Scott (Colleen) Calhoun of Erie, Pa. and Brad (Sue) Calhoun of Boardman; four grandchildren, Sean (Marisa) Calhoun of Cleveland, Ryan Calhoun of Erie, Pa., Jayson (Chelsey) Calhoun of Boardman and Adam Calhoun of Boardman; two brothers-in-law, Hugh Hughes of Bradenton, Fla. and Charles “Dick” Hockey of Houghton Lake, Mich.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by sister, Barbara Hughes; and brother, Russell Calhoun.

A private service was held today for the family at the Davis-Becker Funeral Home. Interment followed at the Green Haven Memorial Gardens in Canfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may take the form of donations, in memory of Robert Calhoun, to the Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence. Checks are payable to Boardman Schools Fund for Educational Excellence and in memo line please write: Calhoun/BSFEE. It can then be mailed to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, 201 Commerce St., Suite 150, Youngstown, OH 44503.

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