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 William Carl “Bill” Calkins

William Carl “Bill” Calkins

Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio, USA
Death 16 Jan 2017 (aged 77)
Sutton, Clay County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Sutton, Clay County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 175480770 · View Source
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William Carl "Bill" Calkins
January 29, 1939 ~ January 16, 2017

William Carl “Bill” Calkins, age 77, passed away Monday, January 16, 2017, at his home in Sutton, Nebraska. William was born January 29, 1939, to Carl and Alberta (Stroud) Calkins in Elyria, Ohio.

He joined the Air Force and was transferred to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he met his sweetheart, Lula Rachow and they were married May 22, 1958.

After his discharge from the Air Force, William moved to Sutton, Nebraska, with his family and began working with Dude May running his caterpillar and then began working at Smith Bros. Implement. He worked for Smith Bros. and Buchli for 32 years and then started work at Sutton Irrigation and was there for 8 years, before retiring and becoming Manager of the Fox Hollow Motel. William and his wife managed the motel for eight years.

Fishing and camping while his children were growing up was a passion for him. He loved Husker Football and his Allis Tractors. He was a member of the Federated Church of Sutton, Sutton American Legion for 43 years, the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years and 40/8 for 22 years.

William is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Lula “Lu”; sons, William Calkins Jr., Larry (Laura Bell) Calkins and Jerry “Happy” Calkins; daughters, Sherrie (John) Bartell and Mary (Gregory) Kruciak; sisters, Shirley Speaker and Gayle Calkins; brother, Ronald (Linda) Calkins; sisters-in-law, Lois Barker and Lola (Don) Laribee; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. He so loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Terrie; sister, Ruth Mills; and brother, Thomas Calkins.

Funeral services on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Federated Church in Sutton. Interment at the Sutton Cemetery.

Obituary information from Sutton Memorial Chapel of Sutton, Nebraska.

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