George R. Callison


Posted: Thursday, April 08, 2004

Longtime Kenai resident George R. Callison died Wednesday, March 24, 2004, at his home after a long illness. He was 66.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Mr. Callison was born Jan. 10, 1938, in Georgia, where he was raised and graduated from high school. He had entered the U.S. Air Force and served as an Air Force police officer until he received his honorable discharge in 1957.

Mr. Callison and his wife, Patricia, moved to Anchorage in 1962 and to Kenai in the late 1960s to work security for Colliers when it was being constructed. He worked as supervisor of operations for Tesoro and was part of the start-up team for the opening of the PetroStar refinery in Valdez. Mr. Callison retired from PetroStar in 1995 due to illness. He was past member of the Assembly of God Church in Kenai.

He had always worked with wood and was known for his clocks that he built.

"George was very much a family man. He enjoyed Alaska and fishing; it became his home where he raised his three children, all of Alaska," his family said.

George was preceded in death by his father, George R. Callison; mother, Floy Callison; brothers, J.W. and Grady Callison; and sister, Doris Heath.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Callison; daughter, Krystal Callison; daughter and son-in-law, Debra Callison-Sims and Michael Sims, and their son, Curtis Sims; and son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Mary Callison, and their children, Kayla, Kyle and Kassen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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