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Donald F. Calkins, Jr.

October 26, 1923 ~ December 10, 2020 (age 97)


Donald F. Calkins, Jr. of Sanborn, NY,  passed away Thursday, December 10, 2020.  He was born in Sanborn, NY, on October 26, 1923, the son of the late Donald F. and Frances [Hudson] Calkins, Sr.

Don served with the US  Navy during World War II.   After returning from the service, he attended Niagara University and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1950.

Don joined the family business D.F. Calkins Lumber Company after graduation.

He was later recalled in to the Navy for the Korean War, after his discharge, he rejoined the Lumber Company and in 1964, became President of the  company.

Don served on the school board of Lewiston School District #8 until it was formed into Niagara Wheatfield Central School.  He was a member of the Sanborn fire company for over 50 years, the Sanborn American Legion Post #969 and the  Niagara Falls Elks Lodge #346 and served several terms with the North Eastern Lumberman’s Association, including the New York State Advisory Committee.

He was active in the First Baptist Church of Sanborn and Lewiston.

Don was the husband of the late Ann C. [Gerity] Calkins, who passed away in December of 2020.

He is survived by his four children Donna Calkins of Hawaii,  Paul (Eileen) Calkins of Sanborn, NY,  Barbara Roberts of North Carolina and Mark (Barbara) Calkins of Stuyvesant Falls, NY, also four granddaughters, two great grandsons, a great granddaughter, also several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Calkins was the brother of the late Jeannette (late Wilfred) Hoffman.

We would like to thank the staff at Our Lady of Peace for their kind and loving care.

Due to the Pandemic,  memorial services are indefinitely postponed.

Arrangements were made through the RHONEY FUNERAL HOME, Sanborn, NY.

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