Richard Earl McCallum, 92, a lifelong resident of Rochester, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 13, 2021 at Cottagewood Senior Communities.
Richard was born March 23, 1928 in Rochester to Edward and Myrtle McCallum. He was a 1946 graduate of Rochester High School. Upon graduation, he entered the Army in September 1946, serving in World War II, as a transportation parts specialist. He was honorably discharged in January 1948, and enrolled at Rochester Junior College. While in college, he played football for Joe Rockenbach. After college, Dick worked for Northwest Airlines for a time and then started his 30+ years a North Western Bell Telephone. Dick was also a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester.
Dick met the love of his life, Donis Dell Hutton of Harmony, MN, and they married on July 26, 1953. They lived in Rochester their entire married life. He was born on 4th Ave. SE later moving to 5th Ave. SE and lived in that same address until after the 1978 flood when they moved to their final home in SW Rochester.
Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Donis; sons, Craig (Kate) of Stoughton, WI; Scott (Shirley) of Rochester; Jeff (Gretchen Beilke) of St. Cloud; Todd (Tara) of Sioux Falls, SD; eleven grandchildren, Marit (Nik) Hawkins; Matthew (Meghan) McCallum; Kelly and Amber McCallum; Zebulon Beilke-McCallum (Annika Schilke; Ethan McCallum; Annika, Davis, Eliza, Claire and Adelyn McCallum; and five great-grandchildren, Leisl McCallum, Callan and Bryn Hawkins; Carlie and Owen McCallum. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins along with brothers-in-law, Peter (Barbara) Hutton of Corvalis, OR; Robert (Lynn) Hutton of Cushing, MN; Dan (Arla) Hutton of Harmony, MN; and sister-in-law, Naomi Evensen of Worthington, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, sisters Helen McCallum and Alice (Stan Brooks; and brother-in-law Glen Evensen.
A memorial service will be planned for a later date due to Covid-19. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the McCallum family; to share a special memory or condolence, please visit www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
Dear Donis, Todd and family, It seems like yesterday that we met up on the Zumbro walking trail or made those youth basketball trips together. Dick's comments were always positive and we all looked up to him..stii are. Gloria, Larry, and Erik Flicek express our sympathy.
Dear Donis, Todd, Scott and family. I am sorry to hear of Dick's passing. He was a great guy and wonderful supporter of my efforts in coaching and in real estate. I will miss his positive encouragement and wonderful disposition. He had a great outlook on life that I hope to emulate. He will be missed. Best wishes to all of you as you make the needed adjustments to you lives.
Donis and family, we are so sorry to learn of Dick's passing. He will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man - so willing to help anyone and always a kind word. Our heartfelt sympathy to you all. Paul and Mary Charlson
DEAR DONIS AND FAMILY, MY HEARTFELT SYMPATHY ON YOUR LOSS OF RICHARD, MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE FROM R.H.S. of CLASS 1946 and ALSO OVER THE YEARS IN THE METHODIST CHURCH. FONDLY, AUDREY HIGGINS GARBISCH
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