Arthur L. “Art” McCallum, 87, passed away at his residence on March 1, 2009. Art was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1921, son of Lester and Loretta (nee: Leahy) McCallum. On October 13, 1973, he was united in marriage to Dorothea Johnson at Bethania Lutheran Church.
Art served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters of war. He retired as Racine County Veteran’s Service Officer in January 1987 after many years of service. Art was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church, past Commander of the American Legion Post 310, past Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1391, past Wisconsin State Commander of County Veteran’s Service Officers Association, Racine Moose Lodge #437, and Navy Club Ship #60.
Art is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn (William) Wendt of Racine; two sons and daughters-in-law, Col. (Ret.) Ronald A. (Roberta) McCallum, USAF of Jamaica, VA, and Bernard (Shirley) McCallum of Watertown; granddaughters, Rebecca (Duane) Fisher, Jennifer (Michael) Dolan, Victoria (Peter) Peterson, Margaret Ann (Andy) Modjeski, Molly (Michael) Bogdan and Annie and Nora McLaughlin; grandson Robert Cook; six great-grandchildren; two step-daughters and one step-son, Gay King of Racine, Kris (Michael) Skewes of Burlington and Guy (Karen) Simpson of Stratford, Conn. Art is further survived by step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea; son, Robert Baikie McCallum; brother, Robert (Marilyn) McCallum; one great-grandson, Arthur Robert Peterson; and his first wife, Leone in April of 2001.
A memorial service honoring and celebrating Art’s life will be held at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Ave., on Friday, March 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve Wohlfeil officiating. Inurnment will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park Crypts with full military honors. There will be a time to meet with family and friends at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to Bethania Lutheran Church or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of the doctors, neighbors and friends that have assisted Art over the years.
Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262 632-4479