Calvin D. Neithamer
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Calvin D. Neithamer, age 89, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at St. Vincent Health Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Erie, on May 12, 1926, the son of the late Walter E. and Marian Pinches Neithamer.

During WWII, Cal graduated from Academy High School in 1943, and was admitted to the Navy V-12 program at Yale University. He graduated as an ensign with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

He was recalled to active duty in the Korean War, and ended his naval career as a Lieutenant.

Cal had a 40-year career in marketing with General Electric. He traveled to many countries, including China, Japan, South America, India, Scotland, and Italy. He served as the local and national president of the Elfun Society. Upon his retirement from GE, Cal became the Executive Director of the Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System (ACES), a position he held for 13 years. He received their Outstanding Citizen Award in 1998.

Cal was an exceptional amateur golfer, and won several championships, including many at Lake Shore Country Club, where he had been a member for 65 years. He was a proud member of the League of the Lower Lakes, the oldest amateur golf league in the United States. He was inducted into the Erie District Golf Association Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Erie Metropolitan Chapter Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

Music was an important aspect of Cal's life. He played the trumpet in the Academy High School Band, Yale University Band, and 30 years with the Zem Zem Temple Shrine Band.

As a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, he served terms as Elder, Trustee, and Deacon. He was a member of Tyrian Commonwealth Lodge No. 362 F. & A.M., and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Erie, where he was Thrice Potent Master.

Cal was a board member and chairman for the Greater Erie Charity Golf Classic, president of the United Way from 1981-1982, a member and chapter president of Erie Rotary Club, and Past District Governor, District 7280 from 1994-1995.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Grace Tarno, and his brother, Dr. Richard W. Neithamer.

Cal is survived by his wife of 14 years, Mary Lou Reslink Neithamer, and his children, Heidi Rees and her husband Tom, Dr. Calvin D. Neithamer and his wife Susie, all of Virginia, and Dr. Julie Lewis and her husband David of Erie. He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Lee, Elizabeth and Brian Rees, Jason and Gregory Neithamer, and Henry, Grace and Emma Lewis, as well as five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Burton Funeral Home and Crematory, 602 West 10th Street, on Friday, May 29 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and on Saturday, May 30, at the church from 10 a.m. to just prior to the funeral service at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 247 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16501. The Reverend Timm High will officiate. Burial will be in Erie Cemetery.

Tyrian Commonwealth Lodge No. 362 F.&A.M. will have a Masonic service at the funeral home on Friday at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Erie Charity Golf Classic Fund, c/o Erie Community Foundation, 459 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16507, or to the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant. Condolences may be sent at

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Published in Erie Times-News from May 28 to May 29, 2015.
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June 3, 2015
We were sorry to learn about Cal's passing. We are also sorry that we could not make it to his showing. He was such a fixture in Erie golf for so many years. We will keep him in our prayers.
- Don Fessler, Jr. and the Fessler family.
May 31, 2015
Mary Lou, our deepest sympathy are sent your way on the loss of Cal. We will miss him at Vin and Susan's home on the holidays and special occasions. He engaged not only his contemporaries but the younger generation with his life experiences. Few people can understand growing up during the Depression, WWII, the Korean War, and all of the social, economic ,and technological changes that happened during his lifetime. We consider ourselves fortunate to have known him and gained insight to his life experiences. God Bless, Joe & Teena Simonetti
Joe & Teena Simonetti
May 30, 2015
Dear Mary Lou,

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Don would have liked to come to the visitation to see you, but he hasn't been well lately, very weak.

I know you had many happy years with Cal, remember those good times. Again, our sincere sympathies.

Marian and Don Sawatsky
May 29, 2015
Mary Lou,

We'll always remember the good times you had with Cal. I'm so sorry for your loss. My sympathy to the entire family.
Bonnie Ginader
May 29, 2015
Dear Mary Lou,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband. You are in my thoughts. Prayers to you and Cal's family.
Kim Pashke-Callahan
May 29, 2015
I'm so sorry to hear of Cal's passing. i played in the Shrine Band with him years ago. Prayers for the family during this tie of sorrow.
Paul Tate
May 29, 2015
Mary Lou,
So sorry to hear of Cal's passing. He was such a wonderful man. I have so many good memories of him through Rotary and the golf exchange.
You brought so much happiness into his life. You kept him young.
Sincere heartfelt sympathy,
Arlene Knoll
May 29, 2015
Dear julie,
It is so hard to express the sum of your Dad's life and what he meant to me in just a few lines.
Close in heart, Near in mind,
Gentleman and best friend always.
With deepest sympathy for your loss.
Jim Hoyt
May 28, 2015
Mary Lou - Donna and I extend our sincere sympathy to you and the rest of Cal's family. I knew Cal for more than 40 years and will miss him very much. Really glad we had the time together recently in Florida - was great that we were able to enjoy a couple golf games when Cal showed his old form in scoring a couple birdies. We are very sorry for your loss.
Dave and Donna Rains
Dave Rains
May 28, 2015
From California our sincere condolences. We remember him for his wealth of knowledge and ability to share it
Andres and Gladys Andraca
Andres Andraca
May 28, 2015
Dear Julie, Grace, Emma, Henry, and David: Your father and grandfather was one of a kind. I loved his gentle demeanor and sweet kindness. You will miss him very, very much - and, my heartfelt prayers for comfort are with you! So glad you could all be there with him in his last moments. Much love,
Ruth Ann Scanzillo
May 28, 2015
The Valley of Erie Scottish Rite extends our sympathy to the loved ones of Brother Cal. Be comforted by his Scottish Rite motto, "spes mea in Deo est" (my hope is in God).
Richard B. Elberfeld, Jr. Secretary
May 28, 2015
Mary Lou and Family: My deepest sympathy on Cal's passing.
I'm leaving town this morning and will be unable to pay my respects in person.

Dave Holland
Dave Holland
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