Lt. Col. Steve Calhoun, USAF, Ret. Joseph Stephen (Steve) Calhoun, 72, passed away on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Steve was born in Vero Beach, Florida. This kind, gentle, accomplished man will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him. Steve is survived by his wife of 21 years, Laurel Calhoun; sons, Brad Calhoun and wife, Callie and Wes Calhoun and wife, Sara; sister, Cathy Detko; step-daughters, Anne Jones and husband, Jack and Rita McVey and husband, Greg; son-in-law Bob Jarynowski; grandchildren, Charlie and Henry Calhoun, Colleen Crocker, Caitlin Sheehan, Adam Jones, and Matthew and Mitchell McVey; and great-grandchildren, Lloyd Crocker and Arabella Sheehan; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends. He was a decorated Air Force Pilot and Vietnam War Veteran who completed his service with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and retired after 21 years with a rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving his country, he earned his Bachelors and Masters Degrees. Steve had a distinguished second career as a Computer Specialist in Information Services with the Texas Department of Transportation for over 15 years. Following his second retirement, Steve, a life-long learner, attended University of Texas SAGE courses, was a member of Tac Recce Reunion Association, always attended his monthly poker group and was an active member and volunteer at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church. He traveled extensively throughout his life and enjoyed sports, especially Texas Longhorn football. His sons remember Steve as a proud, supportive and devoted father. Steve was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Courtney Calhoun; sister, Sandra Pendleton, and step-daughter, Janet Gilmore Jarynowski. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church (SHPC) Building Fund, 5226 W. William Cannon Dr., Austin, TX 78749. A Private Burial with Full Military Honors will be at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, April 21, 2013 at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church. Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com
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Published in Austin American-Statesman on Apr. 19, 2013