Howard L. Calhoun
1927 - 2015
Billow Fairlawn Chapel
85 North Miller Road
Akron, OH
Howard L. Calhoun

Howard L. Calhoun, 88, of Akron, Ohio, peacefully crossed over to life everlasting on Sunday, July 5, 2015, following complications from Parkinson Disease.

Born in Akron in 1927, Howard graduated from Garfield High School. He served a year's tour of duty in the South Pacific with the US Navy during WWII. He attended The Ohio State University where he received a BS in Bus. Administration, and a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While at Ohio State, he received a Varsity "O" as a member of the university fencing team. In 1950 he returned to Akron where he established a successful law practice that flourished for over 60 years.

Howard was also an honorary member of OSU's School of Natural Resources. In 2007, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Akron where he served on the Board of Trustees.

A life-long civic leader, he gave much of his time and energy to countless state and local boards and other organizations, including Summit County Family and Children's Services, and Cedar Development, among many, many others.

An avid hunter and fisherman, he incorporated a lifetime love of the outdoors through his active participation with Ducks Unlimited, the National Rifle Association, and the US Sportsmen's Alliance. He gave an unprecedented 47-years of service to the state of Ohio's Department of Natural Resources through his work with the Ohio Wildlife Council, which he chaired for 19 of those years. In 2010, the state of Ohio recognized him with the Cardinal Award, Ohio's top honor for those who have made a significant contribution to preserving and protecting the state's natural resources.

Preceded in death by his parents, Perry L and Fannie Calhoun of Akron, Howard is survived by his loving wife of nearly 62 years, Marjorie. He also leaves behind son, Michael L. of Akron; daughter, Jill Van Nuis of Kennesaw, GA; grandchildren, Sean, Teddy and Tim Calhoun of Columbus, OH; Jack, Christina and Jamie Van Nuis of Kennesaw, GA; sister, Dr. Ila Porter of Cleveland, OH and Huntsville, AL; nephew, James (Nancy) Johnson of Huntsville, AL, as well as many other devoted nephews, nieces and close friends.

Special thanks go to the wonderful doctors and staff of Summa Akron City Hospital, and most especially the Palliative Care Unit.

Private graveside services will be held for the family, In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the US Sportsmen's Alliance, 801 Kingsmill Pkwy, Columbus, OH 43229 (, or to the Wildlife Habitat Fund for Land Acquisition for Future Generations, Ohio Wildlife Central Office, 2045 Morse Rd. Building G-1, Columbus, OH 43229-6693.

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Published by Akron Beacon Journal on Jul. 9, 2015.
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Me Calhoun was my divorce attorney many years ago. I thought of him today and looked him up . My sympathy goes to his family even though this is so late in coming. I didn't know he had passed away. He was a wonderful man , very professional , and a caring person. He helped me through a very hard time in my life and I will never forget him. Nice obituary . He touched a lot of lives !
Maryellen Kline
December 16, 2019
My deepest sympathy. He was such a wonderful person.
Mary Beth Velzy
July 12, 2015
my heartfelt sympathy for you
tuger reeder
July 10, 2015
Offering our deepest condolences during this time.
The Staff of Billow Funeral Homes
July 9, 2015
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