Calvin Arthur Bollwinkel

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April 30, 1925 - April 17, 2014 Calvin Arthur Bollwinkel was born in Brooklyn, New York to Elmer and Loretta Bollwinkel on April 30, 1925. He and his brother Hank were graduates of Ridgefield Park High School in New Jersey. In 1943 Mr. Bollwinkel interrupted his studies in broadcasting at Michigan State University in East Lansing to serve his country in uniform. Cal fought in the Pacific during World War II and was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant in the US Army. Upon return to MSU he was elected President of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. He would earn his degree in Broadcasting. It was at college where he met Julia Stewart of Kalamazoo, Michigan. They were married on June 3, 1950. Cal Bollwinkel began his distinguished broadcasting career at WAUC radio in Hudson, New York and WHFB radio in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He became a popular morning disc jockey at WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and transitioned into television at KYW, Philadelphia. Moving to California in 1967 he worked at KPIX, San Francisco before settling into 28 years of program operations management at KXTV 10 and KTXL Fox40 from which he retired in 1999. While at Channel 40, Cal was also Editorial Director and was known throughout Sacramento as the stations' on air editorial voice, receiving an Emmy nomination for his work. Recognized throughout the industry for his integrity, honesty and kindness, upon his retirement KTXL established a scholarship for future broadcasters in his name. He is a member of the Valley Broadcast Legends. Volunteerism was a core value for Cal Bollwinkel throughout his life. While in Sacramento, he served as President of the and participated in the Reading for the Blind program. He served on the boards at Methodist Hospital and the Sacramento branch of the California Conservation Corps, was president of the Comstock Club and a member of the South Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. He was an active member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Sacramento. Mr. Bollwinkel was a passionate San Francisco Giants fan, transferring his allegiance from the New York Giants when the team moved to California in 1958. He played golf throughout the Sacramento area with many, dear and life-long friends. He was the beloved patriarch of the clan and will never be forgotten. Calvin A. Bollwinkel is survived by his wife of 64 years, Julia Bollwinkel; son Mark and daughter-in-law Bonnie Bollwinkel; son Paul and life-partner Robert Atanasio; daughter Karen and husband David Drake; daughter Jan Bollwinkel-Smith and husband George Smith; five grandchildren: Daniel Bollwinkel (Lindsay) and Matthew Bollwinkel (Sara), Ian and Evan Drake, and Julia Smith. A celebration of Cal Bollwinkel's life will be held at St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 2391 St. Mark's Way, Sacramento on Saturday May 10th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers gifts can be made to The , Society for the Blind or a non-profit of your choice.

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