Robert Frank Callery

Robert Frank Callery, of Greenville, Pa., formerly of Enfield, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, after an extended illness.

Bob was an Eagle Scout out of Troop 84 Boy Scouts of America, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, attended Congregational Church, and retired as a machine tender after 27 years from Ahlstrom in Windsor Locks, Simultaneously, he served in the Connecticut Air National Guard, and as a loadmaster with the United States Air Force at the Westover Air Force Base in Massachussetts. In a military career that lasted over 23 years, Tech. Sgt. Callery was activated numerous times to participate in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, flying missions through Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq. Tech Sgt. Callery earned 17 decorations and awards throughout a distinguished military career, crowned by the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Medal, the Air Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Southwest Asia Service Medal. After retiring from civilian and military life, Bob chose the tranquility of western Pennsylvania to dedicate his time to supporting his two loving daughters, Krista and Danielle.

Bob was predeceased by his mother, Marie Schmidt Callery; father, Andrew "Frank" Callery; and Air Force veteran and brother, Edward Callery. He leaves behind daughters, Krista Callery of Presque Isle, Maine, and Danielle Callery, Greenville, Pa.; former wife and friend, Kimberly A. Callery; and granddaughter, Bentleigh M. Morrison.

Having been born in the Bronx, N.Y., Bob had a passion for his "Bronx Bombers," the New York Yankees. He also enjoyed the New York Giants football, sprint car racing, and armchair NASCAR spectating.

It was Bob's wish to be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., an honor he truly deserved.

The family asks that you consider donations in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.


Published in Journal Inquirer from July 18 to July 22, 2013