William N. Calhoun

August 30, 1949 - March 4, 2021
William N. Calhoun

William (Bill) N. Calhoun passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on March 4, 2021 of prostate cancer at 71.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Carol (Diller); his son, Todd Calhoun (Michele) of Wilmington, NC; his daughter, Amy Mardayat (Aditya) of Richmond, VA; his son Adam Calhoun (Sarah) of Fredericksburg, VA; and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary Kay Calhoun of Columbus, Ohio and Elizabeth (Betty) Strine of Canton, Ohio. He and Carol sponsored two German Foreign Exchange students, siblings Bjorn and Frauke Lipprandt, who are considered honorary family members, as well as the rest of their extended family in Germany. He is preceded in death by his first wife Rebecca (Deaver) and his parents Newton and Esther (Baehr) Calhoun.

Bill was born on August 30, 1949 in Bucyrus, Ohio. He graduated from Ball St. University with a bachelors degree and Bowling Green State University with a Masters in Education.

Bill worked for Vanlue and Findlay, Ohio School systems for 30 years as a business education and occupational work education (OWE) teacher. During his time in the Vanlue/Findlay area, he served for over 20 years as the secretary of the Findlay Masonic Lodge #227, where he was a 32nd Degree Mason. He also volunteered for 20 years as a yard marker official for Findlay High School Football games and served as an assistant athletic coach for sports teams at Vanlue High School for three years. Upon his retirement in 2002, he and Carol moved to Wilmington, NC.

During Bill’s time in Wilmington, he worked for the Wilmington Area and Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Centers and the Wilmington International Airport as the official greeter/ambassador of the airport. He also volunteered with Battle Lacrosse in handling scorekeeping duties for his grandchildren’s lacrosse games and local tournaments.

He and his wife loved to travel, the ocean, Lake Erie, Ohio State Football, and visits with family. He will be missed. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to one of the following:

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401-7335, or call 800-733-1476.
Shriners Hospital for Children: https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/

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  • March 10, 2021
    Jackie Bryan says:
    My deepest condolences to the Calhoun family . I transferred to Wilmington in 2005 with Usairways/ American met Bill working at airport !! He was the most courteous , caring , and full of stories and great jokes !! He was a part of our family here at the airport . Loved to hear his stories , such an intelligent man always spoke highly of his family ❤️ Bill you will be missed ❤️ prayers for the family .

  • March 10, 2021
    VOLKER SNOW says:
    what a great teacher we had rooms next to each other and shared many moning talks

  • March 10, 2021
    VOLKER SNOW says:
    great fellow teacher..we were neighbers at school and had many good laughs first thimg in the morning..rrest in peace.

  • March 09, 2021
    Bjoern Lars Lipprandt says:
    It has been almost 25 years ago when we first met… . The day, when Carol and Bill decided to let me step into their life and welcomed me to their family counts as one of the most blessed days of my life. Since then they have been influencing and guiding the direction of my life and have been forming my thinking and character in a way, which still leaves me breathless every time I am becoming aware of it and which I can only be deeply, deeply thankful of. It would be too much, to talk here about all the things in my life of which they will ever be a part of… . Maybe this expresses it best: Until the day I met Carol and Bill, I have never thought, that it would be possible, that two (host-)parents could make me feel loved so much and that I could love them back so deeply. They will be welded together with my life for the rest of my life. Now one of them has gone; or as my sister Frauke wrote me in tears: ‘Our Big Daddy across the great water left’. My and my family’s prayers go to the whole Calhoun-Family and although my sister and I are not physically with you, we send you all our love and strength to go through the following days. What a great man Bill was. I miss him so much, will miss him for the rest of my life until I die and until we meet again. In deep love, Bjoern

  • March 09, 2021
    Duane Hackworth says:
    While growing up in VANLUE High School Bill was one of the men that had a positive impact on my life. I am sure I was not the only one. You have my deepest sympathy. Bill was a good man!