William Clark McCalla Obituary – Erie Times-News


William Clark McCalla, 86, of Boynton Beach, Fla., and formerly of Lake City, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022, in Boynton Beach.

He was born July 1, 1936 in Grove City, Pennsylvania, the son of the late William C. and Alta (Baumgardner) McCalla.

Bill graduated from Fairview High School in 1954. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. He served as a radar operator in Iceland and northern Maine for the Air Force while enlisted.

After his honorable discharge from the Army, 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, W.Va., later Warren, Ohio, Erie, Pennsylvania, then Dulles International Airport in Fairfax County, Va., near Washington, DC He returned to the Erie area in 1973 where he finally retired from the FAA as Chief, Airway Facilities, Erie Field Office after 32 years of service.

Bill was a member of Mannasseh Lodge #182 AF&AM, Mannassas, Va.; Zem Zem Sanctuary; The Scottish Rite Bodies and the Erapa Cave. He was also involved in many civic organizations throughout the Erie area and the Millcreek American Legion Post #773. He enjoyed hunting and fishing throughout his life.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, William Clark McCalla III and two sisters, Elizabeth Hull and Susan Weislogel.

He will be sadly missed by his family, which includes his wife, Gisele (Hebert) McCalla, whom he married on October 26, 1957 in Edmonton, New Brunswick, Canada; one daughter, Lisa McCalla-Phillips; two sons, Kevin McCalla (Jan) and Brian McCalla (Jen); one sister, Anne Davis (Russ); a half-sister, Sara Kerestes (George); half-brothers, James and David McCalla; grandchildren, Devin Phillips, Lindsay Krout (Bashir) and Andrew McCalla; great-grandchildren Zach and Liam; also several nieces and nephews.

Friends can call Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Edder Funeral Home Inc., 309 Main St. East, Girard, and again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. service time.

Interment with full military honors will be in Girard Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Girard American Legion, 42 Wall St., Girard, PA 16417.

To send your condolences, go to eddefuneralhome.com.

Posted on September 13, 2022

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