John D. Calvin

November 30, 1937 ‒ October 07, 2008

Delaware, Ohio

John Davis Calvin, LT. Col. Retired U.S. Air Force, 70, of Delaware, passed away peacefully following an extended illness on October 7, 2008 at his residence.
He was born on November 30, 1937 in Columbus, Ohio to the late John L. and Gertrude S. (Davis) Calvin.
He was a 1955 Graduate of the former Rosary High School in Columbus. Upon his graduation from high school, he entered the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959, and then transferred to the Ohio Air National Guard, where he graduated from the College of Armed Forces and from the Air Command & Staff College of The United States. He then served for the next 29 years, retiring on December 31, 1988. During his career with the military, he had been the Tactical Fighter Wing Combat Support Squadron Commander from 1981 to 1983 with the 121st OANG/USAF, and then was the Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base Commander from 1983 to 1988. He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Legion, N.R.A., A.F.A., M.O.A.A., and Buckeye Sheriff’s Association. He was a former Troy Township Trustee from 1993 to 1997.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years- Carol A. (Gray) Calvin; 4 sons- John (Karen) Calvin of Lees Summit, Missouri, Tim (Nancy) Calvin of Delaware, Michael (Cindy) Calvin of Westerville and Patrick (Tammy) Calvin of Perrysburg; 1 daughter- Cathleen Ross (Brian) of Delaware; 17 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; 1 brother- James E. Calvin (Betty) of Lewis Center; 1 sister-in-law—Joan Houston of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews; and Butch, his beloved black lab.
In addition to his parents preceding him in death were his 2 grandsons- John Michael Calvin and Corey James Calvin.
The family will receive friends on Monday, October 13, 2008 from 10:00a.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m., in the Rodman Neeper Funeral Home, 1510 West William Street, Delaware, with the Rev. Fr. David Schalk, officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware.
Memorial contributions if desired may be given to: Homereach Hospice, in care of Grady Memorial Hospital Foundation, 561 W. Central Avenue, Delaware, OH 43015.