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William A. Calhoun

September 12, 1931 ~ October 16, 2021 (age 90)


William A. Calhoun , at 90 years of age, passed into the arms of his loving Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 16, 2021. He had spent much of the last 35 years of his life, preparing for that day. He was preceded in death by his life spouse, Dorothy M. (Briggs) Calhoun, earlier this year on May 21st. 

Growing up in the rural Center, MO. area, he was known as “W.A.” But upon entering military service as a young man, and in his professional career, he was known primarily as “Bill” Calhoun.

 Bill was born in Monroe County, Mo. on Sept. 12, 1931, to Guy F. and Anna Alice Calhoun. Bill graduated from Center High School in 1949. After leaving the family farm, he worked in Hannibal, MO. as an Enumerator for the 1950 U.S. Census. The following few years he was employed by the Hannibal Courier Post, Wendt Sonis Tool Co., and as a bank teller at Farmers Merchants Bank. On his birthday, Sept. 12, 1952, Bill married his High School sweetheart, Dorothy Mae Briggs. They remained married until her death, just short of 69 years.

 Bill served both in the Army National Guard (as an M.P), and in the U.S. Army, in the Nike Missile Program. It was in his military service that he discovered he had an aptitude for electronics. In 1956, he went to work for I.B.M. Corporation in St. Louis, MO., first as a Service Technician, then later in Wichita, KS. as a Field Service Manager. After nearly 30 years at I.B.M., he retired, and relocated to Bella Vista, Ark. There, he and Dorothy spent the final 30 years of their life together. They attended services at Bella Vista Assembly of God Church.

 Bill and Dorothy have three children; Cynthia L. Mitchell, of Union, MO. (and husband Greg), Vic Calhoun of Boise, ID., and Mark Calhoun, of Bella Vista, AR. They have eight (8) grandchildren, and nineteen (19) great-grandchildren, all of whom presently reside in the states of Missouri and Idaho.

 Bill was preceded in death by his parents Guy and Anna Alice, his wife Dorothy, his brother Donald Calhoun, and his sister Jean Lewellen-Guy.

 A Memorial Dinner Gathering is planned for early spring 2022 in the Center, MO. area; specific date and location are pending.

Arrangements in care of Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, Washington.




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