LOUDON - George L. Calkins Jr., 81, formerly of Concord and Wolfeboro, died on Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center in Nashua.
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Mr. Calkins was born Sept. 27, 1932, in Concord, the son of the late George L. and Wilena B. (Matatall) Calkins..
He attended Concord High School and was an accomplished pitcher for their baseball team. He was such an accomplished high school pitcher that a group of Brooklyn Dodgers scouts selected him to attend one of their club training camps in Maryland. However, Mr. Calkins passed it up to join the United States Air Force and proudly served his country during the Korean War.
Prior to retirement, Mr. Calkins was employed as a civil engineer surveyor for the state of New Hampshire.
Mr. Calkins's hobbies and interests included fishing and boating. He also enjoyed bowling and was city/state champ for many years. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Mr. Calkins enjoyed spending time with his wife, pets and gardening.
Members of his family include his wife of 60 years, Yvette T. (St. Ambadges) Calkins of Loudon; three sons, Bruce and his wife, Rita Calkins, of Concord, Thomas Calkins and family of Concord and William Calkins and his wife, Debbie, of Concord; three daughters, Jane LaPlante and her partner, Maurice Tremblay, of Wolfeboro, Amanda Calkins and family of Manchester and Laura Calkins and her partner, Robert Warpula, of Peterborough; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Woods of Penacook; and nieces and nephews.
Mr. Calkins was predeceased by his grandson, Jeremy LaPlante.
His extended family in Canada, from both Ontario and Nova Scotia, had remained close and were an important part of his life.
Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St. in Concord. A funeral service will be held Friday, June 13, at noon in the funeral home chapel. Committal prayers followed by military honors will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
It has been suggested that those who wish may make memorial gifts to the American Legion Christmas Fund, in memory of Mr. Calkins.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bennett Funeral Home, Concord.
Published in The Concord Monitor on June 11, 2014