Save 75% - Only $49.99 for 1 full year! digitalPLUS subscription offer ends 12/1
NewsObituaries

Donald LeRoy Calp, engineer

Korean War (1950-1953)

Donald LeRoy Calp, a retired air-traffic control engineer, died of an acute pulmonary hemorrhage Jan. 17 at his Columbia home. He was 79.

Born in Manchester, he was a 1950 Sparks High School graduate. He also attended Edison Junior College in Fort Myers, Fla.

Mr. Calp served in the Air Force during the Korean War. After he left military service in 1957, he joined the Bendix Field Engineering Corp., where he worked for nearly 40 years. He traveled to Korea, Iceland, Cuba, Florida, Australia, Madagascar, Alaska and Saudi Arabia before he returned to Maryland in 1975.

Family members said he helped build an air-traffic control system that operated from a mobile unit.

He was a founder of the South Trail Volunteer Fire Department in Fort Myers, Fla.

He enjoyed golf, lawn care and driving in his 1956 Chevrolet sedan, which he bought several years ago to commemorate the type of car he drove at the time of his marriage. Mr. Calp was a sports fan and kept up on new technologies.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at Harry H. Witzke's Funeral Home, 4112 Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, the former Vonnie Jo Massey; a son, David Calp of Finksburg; a daughter, Melissa Wiest of Fairbanks, Alaska; three brothers, Robert Calp of Manchester, Larry Calp of Venice, Fla., and Danny Baust of Spring Grove, Pa.; two sisters, Ruth Cassell of Hampstead and Gina Hodges of Pensacola, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A son, Dudley Hickman, died in 1996. A daughter, Elizabeth Olson, died in 2005. A second daughter, Brenda Branham, died in 2008.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

  • Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
  • Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
    Related Content
    Korean War (1950-1953)
    • James E. Smith, businessman

      James E. Smith, a retired Baltimore businessman and Navy veteran, died Saturday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of a heart attack. He was 92.

    • Shirley D. Cammack, Kernan Hospital worker
      Shirley D. Cammack, Kernan Hospital worker

      Shirley Deane Cammack, a retired Kernan Hospital worker who had been in the British intelligence service during the Cold War, died of cancer Nov. 19 while on vacation with her family at Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. The former Dickeyville resident was 80.

    • John J. O'Hare IV, businessman

      John J. O'Hare IV, a retired businessman who had owned and operated a personnel placement service, died Nov. 17 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center of a heart attack. He was 68.

    • Howard L. Smith Sr., teacher
      Howard L. Smith Sr., teacher

      Howard L. Smith Sr., a retired Baltimore County public schools science teacher who was a Korean War veteran, died Saturday at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications from a stroke. He was 83.

    • Edward F. Peters Jr., engineer
      Edward F. Peters Jr., engineer

      Edward F. Peters Jr., a retired Bethlehem Steel engineer and decorated Word War II veteran who landed at Normandy, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime Timonium resident was 93.

    • Elaine L. Thorpe, church organist
      Elaine L. Thorpe, church organist

      Elaine L. Thorpe, a longtime church organist and choir director at Dundalk United Methodist Church, died Oct. 16 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson of complications from Alzheimer's disease. She was 87.

    Comments
    Loading