Howard D. Calderwood

Howard D. Calderwood

    PORT ORCHARD — Howard Donald Calderwood, 86, of Port Orchard, died Feb. 13, 2013, at the Retsil Veterans Home in Port Orchard. Howard was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., to Donald Scott and Mary Esther (Bailey) Calderwood.

    In his childhood years he moved to Oregon and lived in Salem, St. Paul, Oregon City, Milwaukie and Portland. He attended Milwaukie High School for two years and completed the general course of study at Benson Polytechnic High School in 1947. Howard was an electrician and in sales the majority of his working career. He married Aileen Mae Allphin on Oct. 25, 1947, at Sacred Heart in Portland.

    Together they lived in Milwaukie, Ore., Vancouver, Kelso and Ocean Park. He then moved to Kitsap County where he spent his remaining two years at the Veterans Home in Port Orchard where he said he was the “happiest man on earth.”  He loved the staff and fellow veterans and they loved him back. Howard was a WWII Veteran and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he completed military education as an airplane and engine mechanic.

    Howard was an active member at First Lutheran Church in Port Orchard, Rocking Chair Clark County Amateur Radio Club in Vancouver (K7DYG) and enjoyed bowling and golfing.  He loved people and the Lord.

    He is survived by his sister, Elsie Anabel Cooley; daughters, Laura (Jim) Mituniewicz and Ann (Charles) Jarrett; sons, Donald Jay (Sue), James Scott and Howard Mark Calderwood; 12 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Aileen, on Oct. 8, 2001; and a sister, Helen Esther Lorenz.

    Graveside service will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland on March 12, at 1:30 p.m. The online memorial is at www.rill.com. Memorial donations in Howard’s name can be made to Retsil Veterans Home, P.O. Box 698, Retsil, WA 98378. Arrangements are by Rill Chapel in Port Orchard.

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