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Russell Eugene Calkins Jr., 80, of New Albany, Indiana passed away on Saturday, August 26, 2017. Russ was a proud veteran of the United States Navy, rising to the rank of E-8 before his retirement. After serving in the Vietnam War, he earned two Purple Hearts, the Silver Star and many other awards for his conduct and service. Russ also retired from Rudd Construction after over 15 years of employment. He enjoyed IU Basketball and Indianapolis Colts football, but his true passion was playing golf.
Russ was born on August 27, 1936 to the late Russell E. Calkins Sr. and Ruth B. (Gruber) Calkins. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Bocard) Calkins; brother, Lawrence "LA" Calkins; and sisters, Blanche Jerrell and Adalou Scott.
He is survived by his sons, Doug Calkins and his wife, Pamela, Greg Calkins-Hunt and Gary Calkins; sister, Joyce Schleter; grandson, Chris Calkins; and many nieces, nephews, relatives; his "girls", Jamie Schilmiller, Kelly Smith and beloved neighbors.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Newcomer Funeral Home (3309 Ballard Lane, New Albany). His funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with entombment to follow at Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park in New Albany.
Memorial contributions in Russ's name can be made to Hosparus of Southern Indiana (502 Hausfeldt Lane, New Albany, IN 47150).
To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerKentuckiana.com.
Published on August 28, 2017
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