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 06, 2021
    Cindy McDonald says:
    I spent many many Saturdays with this man watching our children his grandchildren play soccer. He was there every week. God bless the family and I'm sorry for your loss

  • March 06, 2021
    Mytece Threatts says:
    Sorry for your loss Amy. I send my condolences to and your family.

  • March 06, 2021
    Mike Baehr says:
    My Cousin Bill will alway be in my thoughts. Bill was the “big brother “ I never had. Always quick with a smile and hearty laugh. Even though we drifted apart over the years Bill was never far from my thoughts. Take care cousin.

  • March 05, 2021
    Harvest Bellante says:
    We loved meeting Bill at Amy and Adit's wedding in 2019. The entire family was wonderful to spend time with and we had some great conversations with Bill about teaching and education. My husband, John and I, send our love and thoughts to the entire family during this time.