David A. Callison

July 15, 1938 - February 17, 2017
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David A. Callison of Poplar Grove passed peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017.  Born July 15, 1938 in Galesburg, IL.  Former resident of Wheeling, IL.   Survived by his nephew Michael (Sandy) Morgan and niece Anne (Joel) Briggs.  Predeceased by his sister Mary Morgan.  Close friend of Wally (Cheryl) Falardeau.  Friend to many.

 

After earning his Bachelor’s degree at Marquette University, he joined the Navy.  Following his service as a Navy pilot, he received his Master of Science degree at Western Illinois University.  He then became Associate Director of Clinical Research at Searle in Skokie, IL, where he conducted new drug clinical trials in the U.S. and Europe.

 

He always loved aviation and for many years flew his T-34 Mentor and PT-17 Stearman airplanes.  After retirement he moved to a condominium at Poplar Grove airport and bought a hangar for both his planes.  Being an avid reader, you could find Dave reading a book in his hangar facing the runway watching fellow pilots come and go.

 

He became a member of the local Boots & Bonnets British Car Club when he purchased a 1958 Triumph TR-3 car, the same model as his first auto.  He was also a member of the Vintage Aero Association and the Poplar Grove Wings & Wheels Museum.

 

Although he kept to himself, he loved to talk at length about his work at Searle and his aviation experiences.

 

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m., until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008, followed by a prayer service. Private Interment. Memorials may be made to Poplar Grove Aviation Education Association. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

 

 

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel

Address:

218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m., until 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008


Service Information

Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

Time: 11:00 am -

Pending with Anderson Funeral and cremation Services: Buck-Wheeler-Hyland Chapel

Address:

218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere, IL, 61008

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A prayer service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere, IL 61008


Cemetery Information

Private Interment


Memorial Information

Memorial donations may be sent to:

Poplar Grove Aviation Education Association (PGAEA)

Wings & Wheels Museum

5151 Orth Road Suite A-1

Poplar Grove, IL  6106


 

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Born: July 15, 1938
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Kathy Albrecht posted on 2/21/17

You will be missed.

 

Jodi Matthews posted on 2/21/17

Dave loved to sit at the hangar or at Bravo's and talk about his days in the Navy. Ordinarily quiet, that was a subject that he could get really enthused about. He loved both his cats Boo and Mimi who pre-deceased him. Mimi would sit in his lap while he read or napped in his chair. Mimi was a rescue cat with whom Dave bonded immediately; he knew the moment he saw her that she was the cat with the temperament to appreciate the new life he would give her. We would drive by Dave's condo and see Mimi sitting on the daybed in the front office window knowing she was watching Dave as he sat at his desk reading and listening to the radio. While still owning his Stearman, Dave led many a Missing-Man Formation over the cemeteries where fellow pilots were being interred--even when he did not personally know the deceased. He was always ready to help when called upon. For a single man with no family closer than California, Dave left a very big family of people who loved him, watched out for him and now miss him.

 

Josie Peebles,Activity coordinator at Highview in the woodlands posted on 2/23/17

Just wanted to express my sympathy to the family of Dave.Though he did not live at Highview very long,we enjoyed his aquientance.He was a private person but did come out for some social activities and enjoyed going on a supper outing to FIB'S restaurant in Rockton in December,2016.

 

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