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STOCKHOLM - Richard "Dick" Callison, 79, died at Northern Maine Medical Center on October 23. Dick was born on October 21, 1935 in Rupert, West Virginia, the son of Leslie John Callison and Maye L. (Surbaugh) Callison Harding. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955, met and married Linda Gunnerson on May 30, 1959 while stationed at Loring AFB.

Dick and Linda had three children, twins Rick and Vicki, and daughter Cheryl, who died in 1982. They lived in Caribou and Stockholm, Lakenheath AFB in England, Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona, and Holloman AFB in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He served during the Vietnam War with deployments to Ubon Airfield, Thailand in 1971, Takhli, Thailand in 1972, and was Honorably Discharged in 1977.

Dick earned his commercial pilot license, while stationed at Holloman in 1974, was handy at many trades from carpentry to auto mechanics. Following his retirement from the US Air Force, his family relocated to Clovis, New Mexico, where he owned and operated his own plumbing supply business. In 1980 Dick and Linda moved back to Stockholm, Maine where he worked as a carpenter, and on road/lawn crews at Loring AFB.

He was a lifetime member of the VFW, and member of the American Legion Post 136 in Stockholm for thirty-one years.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are son Rick and wife Nettie Callison of Clovis, New Mexico, daughter Vicki King and husband Vaughn McLaughlin of Fort Fairfield, grandchildren, Sunshyne and husband Lupe Ruiz of Honolulu, Hawaii, Kellas and wife Kristi Callison of Clovis, New Mexico, Christi Rosado of Fort Fairfield, Randy King of Stockholm, great-grandchildren Cammi, Graedon, and Jameson of Fort Fairfield, Anthony, Jonathan and Matthew of Hawaii, Joshua and Lundynn of New Mexico. Dick is also survived by a sister, Shelby Lisby of Austin, Texas, and many nieces and nephews.

Richard was predeceased by his parents and daughter Cheryl Lynn Callison.

A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Caribou, Maine, Rev. Robert Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stockholm Historical Society, and the Maine Veterans Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lancastermorgan.com
Published on  October 25, 2014
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