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Richard Harold Callen

Richard (Dick) Harold Callen, of Kalamazoo passed away early Thursday morning January 28th with his family by his side. He was born in Grand Rapids Michigan on November 9, 1929. The son of Harold and Ina (Unseld) Callen. While employed at Bell telephone Dick married the love of his life, LaVona Joyce Hughey on July 1, 1950. Soon after they married, he began working for The Upjohn Company, where he retired from in 1984. Retirement didn’t stop Dick from keeping busy. He spent countless hours in his basement creating many wooden projects like bowls and trees, spindles for pianos, height boards for pediatrics, and anything his grandkids would draw or ask for. Besides his wood working talents, he enjoyed spending time in the kitchen baking bread, cinnamon rolls, and making the best caramel corn you ever tasted. For many years they wintered in Cocoa Beach Florida and enjoyed digging for shells and entertaining friends. Fridays were a special time when the family would come together for dinner and to enjoy each other’s company. Dick leaves behind his wife, LaVona (Bonnie) of 70 years; three children: Richard Jr. (Sandy), Dave (Sonia), and Kim (John Hyden); three grandchildren: Austin, Logan, and Taylor; brother: Jerry; and sister Diane. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan. While visiting Richard's webpage, please take time to sign his guestbook by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with his family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 679-5622.

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Mrs. Callen, Dick, Dave, Kim, spouses, and grandkids: May God be near you with the passing of your husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. Wow Mrs. Callen - 70 years of marriage! What a blessing to read that. Dick, Dave, and Kim, whenever Id drive past your place on N Avenue, I would think of you all. Hope all is well. Dennis Taplin Paw Paw

Dennis Taplin Feb 14 2021 4:15 PM

Kim and family. I am so sorry about your loss. Your dad was a terrific man. He use to bring me Carmel corn when I worked at Hardings. He and your mom would talk with me like they had known me forever. I know you will miss him terribly, but you have many fond memories and no one can take them from you. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. Deb Bush

Deb Bush Feb 13 2021 4:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Richard Callen

Cordell/Brenda Feb 12 2021 6:33 PM

The people at Harding's Oshtemo want you to know that Dick and Bonnie were some of our favorite customers. Wednesday morning, dressed to the nines, always happy and up for a fun chat. It broke our hearts as their health deteriorated. On a personal note, Dick gave me one of his carved trees-unbeknownst to him, it was the year my brother, an evergreen expert and person extraordinaire, had died. It was so meaningful to me and it has since had a place of prominence in my living room. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers, the Harding's crew.

Harding's Feb 10 2021 7:36 AM

The Portage Central Class of 1976 sends our condolences to our classmate and her family on the loss of their loved one.

Lori A Slaughter Feb 8 2021 9:16 AM

Dick and Sandy, my sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father.

June Millar Feb 6 2021 8:07 AM