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Delo Atlee Calvin


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Delo Atlee Calvin

Greenfield, MO - Delo Atlee Calvin, age 99, died peacefully early in the morning on August 26, 2018 in Greenfield, Missouri. Delo was born on January 29, 1919 in Columbiana , Ohio, the oldest son of Conway Lee (1891-1923) and Destiny Wilson Calvin (1894-1985). He had two siblings, Leo Paul (1921-2012) and Gladys May (1923- ).

Delo graduated first in his class from the Bliss Electrical School in 1940 and began working at the International Business Machines (IBM). He entered the Navy in 1944 and worked with Howard Aiken and Grace Hopper on the Mark I Sequence Controlled Calculator, a joint IBM, US Navy, and Harvard Computing Laboratory project. After the end of WW II he returned to working for IBM in Cincinnati, Ohio as a machine repairman. It was in that job that he met Joyce Eloise Metz whose machine seemed to break down quite frequently, particularly when she 'accidently' pressed three keys at the same time. They were married on May 24, 1947 at Oakley Methodist Church.

Delo was moved by IBM to the Hudson Valley, New York State in 1960 to work in different facilities in that area as staff manager and programmer for the rest of his 35 year career. He was Chairperson of the Town of Pleasant Valley Planning Board for a several years during its transition into the Zoning Commission in 1974, and awarded a gavel for his leadership through that controversial process. Upon retiring from IBM he was certified as a professional assessor in 1979, working for ten years the Town of Pleasant Valley, New York. He received an award for his professionalism from the New York State Assessors in 1985.

He was active in many leadership roles in the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church as well as a member of the choir. In 1990 he was recognized by the church for his leadership in building the Education Wing.

In the larger Pleasant Valley community he served "with distinction" as the first President of the Board of Directors of the Dorothy Albertson Foundation for Little People. Delo joined the Masons in 1954, and later achieved the 32nd degree in Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Shekomeko Lodge #458 F&AM in Pleasant Valley, New York from 1964-1990. He was awarded a Dedicated Service Award apron by the Grand Lodge of New York.

He was a member of the Amelia Masonic Lodge #590 F&AM in Amelia, Ohio, and the Valley of Albany Scottish Rite (NY) at the time of his death. Delo and Joyce returned to Cincinnati, Ohio in 1990 and were active in the Anderson Hills United Methodist Church singing in the choir and attending Sunday School classes. Delo was also an active member of Always Ready Methodist Men, ARMM, including applying his skill in small engine repair to keep the church's tractors and mowers running. Delo enjoyed woodworking, making various projects for family. He was model railroading fan, planted and harvested from large vegetable gardens, and a coin collector. He and Joyce enjoyed river cruising on the Mississippi Queen steam paddle wheeler. The family also travelled and camped at national parks all over the country.

Delo was predeceased by his wife Joyce in 2008, his grandson Christopher Valencia in 2009, his brother Leo Paul in 2012. He is survived by his sister, Gladys Nicholas; and four children Duane Atlee, Cheryl Ann (James Moon), Jerry Glen (Christine), and Bruce Conway (David Showers); and three grandchildren , Katie April Grassmann (Paul), Glen Daniel (Lori), and Neal Donald; and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 2045 Gilbert Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1490.

A Memorial Service will be held on October 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Hills United Methodist Church, 7515 Forest Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45255. His cremains will be interred at 9:00 a.m. on October 8, 2018 at the Ellsworth Cemetery on West Akron Canfield Road, Ellsworth, Ohio 44416.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Sept. 16, 2018
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