CALKINS, Delbert Ordell
The world lost a dearly loved husband, good father, and extraordinary grandfather on November 2, 2013, in Roseville, California. Delbert Ordell Calkins was born in College Place, Washington, on March 12, 1925, to Clare and Myrtle Calkins. Ordell proudly served his country in the Army of the United States in World War II, receiving the Asiatic Pacific Theater Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Victory Medal. Ordell received his BS in Business from Walla Walla University in Washington where he met his wife, Margaret. They were married on June 20, 1948, in Portland, Oregon. After serving as missionaries in India, Ordell and Margaret lived in Loma Linda and Angwin, California, before moving to Orangevale where Ordell was a professor of finance at California State University Sacramento. Ordell received two masters degrees in areas of business, and then went on to receive a doctorate, DBA, from the University of Southern California. Ordell enjoyed stamp collecting, coin collecting, and reading, discussing, and debating history, politics, and religion. Ordell helped found the Citrus Heights Seventh-day Adventist church before joining the Orangevale Seventh-day Adventist church where he remained active. In addition to spending time with his many friends and extended family, Ordell's greatest joy was mentoring and caring for his grandchildren, Addy and Jake, who he lovingly cared for with Margaret during their childhood when their parents were at work. Ordell was predeceased by Margaret last Thanksgiving Day 2012, and when the pillow was tucked behind him last weekend in bed, he said, 'That feels just like Mama is here. I can't wait to be with her.' Ordell is lovingly survived by his children, daughter Dr. Beverly Calkins, son Merle Calkins, and son Duane (Karen) Calkins. Ordell leaves behind his grandchildren, Addy and Jake, who called him 'Papa,' and whose wisdom and knowledge of the world were shaped by his inspirations. In addition, Ordell is survived by his brother, Francis. He was predeceased by his brother Don and sister, Margaret. A host of friends and extended family also survive him. Graveside services will be held by invitation only at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. The family would love for you to sign the online guest book at www.sacbee.com/funeral. Daddy, we will see you in heaven with Mama by your side! PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL (725-2109).
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Nov. 9, 2013
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