Curtis McCallum

Curtis McCallum



Curtis E. McCallum, 83, of Hawkeye, died Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2018, at the United Methodist Church in Hawkeye with Mona Christie, Lay Servant officiating.  Interment will follow at Bethel Cemetery, rural Hawkeye.  Visitation was held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Hawkeye and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at Curtis Eugene, son of Christopher and Maxine (Baker) McCallum was born June 9, 1935, at the family’s home in Edgewood. He was baptized in the Methodist Faith and was a graduate of Lamont High School in 1953. Curtis served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 before being honorably discharged in 1955. On May 29, 1958, he was united in marriage with Joan Latham at the Little Brown Church, rural Nashua. Curtis received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Upper Iowa University in Fayette in 1961, would later receive his Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa, and continued his Master’s earning a MA+ 30. Curtis began his teaching career in Sibley, where he taught for a year, continued at Blairstown for an additional two years, and would complete his teaching career at College Community (now known as Prairie High School) in Cedar Rapids where he taught for thirty-three years, retiring in 1994. Following retirement, he along with his wife, Joan traveled throughout the Southwestern United States for ten years. Through their travels they became members of SKPs which is a group that also shared the same love of travel as they did. In 2004, the couple bought a home in Hawkeye, but would continue their travels. Curtis was a faithful attendee of the Methodist Church and was a member of the Conservation Club in Hawkeye. He enjoyed rock hunting, collecting rocks and making jewelry out of the rocks he collected, led a Lapidary Club at College Community, and learned how to build airplane models out of pop cans, and wood working.

In addition to his wife, Joan of Hawkeye, Curtis is survived by his son, Curt (Laurie) McCallum of Cedar Falls; daughter, Zhen E “Jenny” (Bob) Rammelsberg of Marion; two grandsons, Nik (Sheila) McCallum of Waterloo and Jordan Rammelsberg of Wisconsin; one step-granddaughter, Brandie Davidson of Fort Worth, Texas; four siblings, Clark (Caroline) McCallum of Texas, Calvin (Sandy) McCallum of Rockford, Illinois, Charlotte (Kenny) Tennis of Texas, and James (Linda) McCallum of Anamosa, Iowa; and one sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Susanne and Clete) Moser of Alpha.

In addition to his parents, his two brothers, Christopher and Keith McCallum, preceded him in death.



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