Edward A. Calder, 92, passed away on November 15, 2017. Born March 12, 1925, Mr. Calder was the third son of his parents Thomas A. Calder and Margaret (Schmidt) Calder. Mr. Calder was the nephew of the late James Calder, Nathan A. Calder and Jacob Schmidt all former well-known residents of Menasha.
Mr. Calder resided in Menasha his entire lifetime except for a period of seven years when he was a citizen of New York City working as a salesmen for the American National Can Corporation.
Mr. Calder and his two older brothers John and Thomas served our country in World War II. As a crewmember of the U.S.S. Lamar (APA 47), Mr. Calder participated in the American invasions of Guam, Leyte, Luzon, and Okinawa in the Pacific Theater. He was discharged from the United States Navy on April 30, 1946 as a Storekeeper 1st Class Petty Officer.
In September of 1946, Mr. Calder enrolled at Oshkosh State Teachers College under the GI Bill of Rights and graduated with high honors earning his Bachelor of Science in Education degree in June of 1950. He also briefly attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Mr. Calder was employed by American National Can Corporation and retired in April 1987, after 36 ½ years of service. In addition to years spent as a sales representative he preformed in various marketing and manufacturing positions. Mr. Calder was a member of the American National Can Corporation Quarter Century Club.
Immediate survivors include his brother Richard D. (Chris) Calder of Appleton cousins, nieces and nephews. His parents and four brothers John, T., Thomas J., James W. and Nathan D. Calder, preceded Mr. Calder in death.
Mr. Calder’s favorite vocations were reading and writing. During the years he added to his collections of books, antiques, original paintings, and oriental rugs. He was a regular contributor to the opinion page, charitable causes, political parties, and veterans groups. Mr. Calder left a legacy of generosity, kindness, and caring for others throughout his lifetime.
There will be no visitation or memorial service. Wichmann-Laemmrich Funeral Home, Menasha, is in charge of cremation and interment of ashes in the family plot, Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh, WI. Memorial contributions can be made to Menasha Strong Fund 100 Main St. Suite 300 Menasha WI 54952. The Menasha high school stadium was named for Edward’s uncle.
During his lifetime Mr. Calder was pleased to have lived during the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Laurel and Hardy because they made his life interesting.