William Clark McCalla, 86, of Boynton Beach, FL, and formerly of Lake City, died Thursday, September 8, 2022, in Boynton Beach.
He was born July 1, 1936, in Grove City, PA, a son of the late William C. and Alta (Baumgardner) McCalla.
Bill graduated from Fairview High School in 1954. Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He served as a Radar Operator in Iceland and Northern Maine for the Air Force during his enlistment.
Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the Erie area and graduated from Penn State Behrend with an Associate of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Bill began his career with the Federal Aviation Administration in 1960 in Charleston, WV, later Warren, OH, Erie, PA and then Dulles International Airport in Fairfax County, VA, near Washington, DC. He returned to the Erie area in 1973 where he eventually retired from the FAA as Chief, Airway Facilities, Erie Field Office following 32 years of service.
Bill was a member of the Mannasseh Lodge #182 A.F.& A.M, Mannassas, VA; Zem Zem Shrine; Scottish Rite Bodies and the Erepa Grotto. He was also involved in many civic organizations throughout the Erie area and the Millcreek American Legion Post # 773. He loved to hunt and fish throughout his life.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, William Clark McCalla III and two sisters, Elizabeth Hull, and Susan Weislogel.
He will be greatly missed by his family, which include his wife, Gisele (Hebert) McCalla, whom he married October 26, 1957 in Edmonton, New Brunswick, Canada; a daughter, Lisa McCalla-Phillips; two sons, Kevin McCalla (Jan) and Brian McCalla (Jen); a sister, Anne Davis (Russ); a half sister, Sara Kerestes (George); half brothers, James and David McCalla; grandchildren, Devin Phillips, Lindsay Krout (Bechir) and Andrew McCalla; great grandchildren Zach and Liam; also several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Friday from 6PM to 8 PM at Edder Funeral Home Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard and again on Saturday from 10AM to the time of service at 11AM.
Burial with full military honors will be in the Girard Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Girard American Legion, 42 Wall St., Girard, PA 16417.
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Girard American Legion Post 494
42 Wall Street, Girard PA 16417