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George T. Calvert

October 3, 1938 October 30, 2010
George T. Calvert
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Obituary for George T. Calvert

George Thomas Calvert, age 72, of Oconto, died peacefully at his home on October 30, 2010, after a two year battle with cancer. George was born October 3, 1938 in Monroe, WI to the late Frank and Irene (Green) Calvert. George graduated from Benton High School in 1957 and then attended college for two years at UW-River Falls. George married Dorothy Helen Buss on August 4, 1961, and the couple then operated the Calvert Family Farm in Benton for 10 years. He returned to college at UW-Platteville and received his teaching degree in 1971. The family moved to Oconto in 1971 where he began teaching Agriculture and oversaw the FFA program at Oconto High School. Dorothy was also a teacher in the Oconto Elementary and Middle Schools. He later received his certification in Learning Disabilities, and continued to teach at Oconto High School until the couples retirement in 1998. George was an avid hunter and sportsman. For almost 40 years, he had deer hunted with family and friends in the woods on the north shore of Oconto. Subsequent to retirement, he had annually traveled to New Mexico to hunt elk in Tularosa Mountain Range. He had sought to complete his grand slam of wild turkey, having to date taken 3 different species. His most recent success in taking a record black bear on a trip to Canada had enrolled George as a member in the Boone & Crockett Club Record Book. George was also a fanatic country music fan. He and Dorothy were annually in attendance at Fan Fair in Nashville, TN and at the Porterfield Country Music Festival. He often displayed to friends his huge collection of country music photos and autographs. George and Dorothy were also longtime members of the North Country Kickers Line Dance Club, and had performed as part of the Demo Team at numerous events and festivals around the area. George loved to camp, hike and be in the outdoors. George, Dorothy and their children traveled and camped throughout the United States each summer. George was proud of the fact that he had traveled to 49 of the 50 States. In retirement, the couple had wintered with their 5th wheel camper in Okeechobee, Florida with local friends.

George is survived by his wife of 49 years, Dorothy; his son Frank (Brenda), of Oconto and their children, Michael, Samantha and Danialle; his daughter, Kathy (Michael) Winkler of Paris, TX, and their children, Matthew, Sydney and Mallory; a sister, Esther (Bob) Carolin, Rochester, MN; a brother John (Marion) Calvert, Benton, WI; two brothers-in-law Ken Sharrow, Hartford, WI; Donald (Judy) Buss, Belmont, WI; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Also survived by his godchild and niece Kim (Paul) Krueger, Wrightstown, WI with whom he shared a birth date. George is preceded in death by a sister Sandra Sharrow and father and mother-in-law Homer and Helen Buss.

George was a member of many organizations throughout his life: First American Lutheran Church, Civil Air Patrol, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, NRA, North American Hunting Club, National Wild Turkey Federation, Wisconsin Bowhunters, Ducks Unlimited, Lena Sportsman Club and Wisconsin Education Association.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 to 8 PM Tuesday, November 2, 2010 and again on Wednesday, November 3, from 10 to 11 AM at the First American Lutheran Church, Oconto. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Mary Zupansic officiating. Burial will be at the Evergreen Cemetery. On line condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

Memorials may be given to: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation or American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend appreciation to the staff at Green Bay Oncology for their care and treatment over the last two years. Also to Unity Hospice for their assistance and support in his final days at home.

Cemetery:
Evergreen Cemetery

Visitation:
4 PM to 8 PM at Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service 217 Congress St. Oconto, WI 54153 on November 2, 2010 (map/driving directions)

10 AM to 11 AM at First American Lutheran Church 511 Madison St. Oconto, WI 54153 on November 3, 2010 (map/driving directions)

Service:
11 AM at First American Lutheran Church 511 Madison St. Oconto, WI 54153 on November 3, 2010 (map/driving directions)

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