George Harrison Calvin


Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2006


  George Harrison Calvin

George Harrison Calvin

Longtime Alaska and Kasilof resident George Harrison Calvin died Sunday, April 23, 2006, at the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from complications due to pneumonia. He was 83.

A celebration of Mr. Calvin’s life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at the McLane Center, the Kasilof Museum and Historical Society Building, in Kasilof.

Mr. Calvin was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Broken Arrow, Okla. He attended schools in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Colorado and graduated from high school at Julesburg Community High School in 1941. After graduation, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the Soil Conservation Service. When World War II began, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Pacific Theater until he received an honorable discharge.

Mr. Calvin met Lois Rasmussen in 1957, and they were married June 4, 1958. After Lois received her college degree from the Colorado Teachers College in Greeley, Colo., the Calvins packed up what little they had and headed to Alaska.

While in Alaska, Mr. Calvin worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Anchorage, Kenai and Kasilof, was a commercial fisherman, worked in the oil field and as an outfitter for big game hunters.

He enjoyed many hobbies over the years, including stamp collecting, leather carving, antler and horn carving, rock and mineral collecting and flint knapping. Most recently he served on the board of directors with the Kasilof Historical Association and donated antiques to the museum.

Mr. Calvin was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Calvin; mother, Rose Labaree; and stepfather, Joe Labaree.

He is survived by his daughters, Cathy Shearer and husband, Marty, of LeMars, Iowa, Rose Jackson of Kenai and Carolyn Calvin of Kasilof; grandchildren, Jessica Calvin of Kasilof, Rosemarie Jackson of Kenai, Jacob, Katie and Shaid Shearer of LeMars and Sarah Shearer of Soldotna.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Calvin’s memory to the Kasilof Regional Historical Association, P.O. Box 3, Kasilof, AK 99610.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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