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Joe McCallum - April 21, 2011

Joe Junior McCallum was born Feb. 28, 1945 to Clarence John McCallum and Julia Ellen Ziemer McCallum on the family home south of Holyoke. He died April 21, 2011 in Greeley.

Joe had three brothers, six sisters, two half-brothers and one half-sister.

Joe loved to spend time with his family, whether it was with his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, children and grandchildren or all of his extended family.

His life was full of notable events such as receiving a watch from his older brother Chuck for completing his first eight years of school without missing a day. He served honorably as a paratrooper in the Army during the Vietnam War, where he received the purple heart award and silver wings award.

For seven years he served as a police officer for the Holyoke Police Department. Most of his working life he spent in the roofing business where he roofed as far away as Florida after Hurricane Andrew.

He loved to fish with anyone and everyone, especially his children and grandchildren.He had a real passion for gardening and showing his vegetables at the Haxtun Corn Festival. His passion for gardening led him to establish the Farmers Market in Sterling.

Joe’s simple life is what made him the most lovable. Anyone who knew Joe knew the real Joe McCallum. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Julia; sisters, Virginia McCallum, Margie May McCallum and Shirley Hagemann; and daughter, Tiffany Ann McCallum.

He is survived by his children, David Joe McCallum and wife Jolene of Haxtun and Daniel Joe McCallum and Deanna Jo Lacina, both of Sterling; five grandchildren, Julie Thayer and husband Branden of Haxtun, Billy Andersen and wife Katie of Holyoke, T.J. Andersen of Haxtun and Justin Lacina and Anthony Lacina, both of Sterling; five great-grandchildren, Tanley Andersen and Trevon and Taryn Thayer of Haxtun and Ethan and Erin Andersen of Holyoke; brothers, Charles McCallum of Haxtun, Richard McCallum of Holyoke and Don McCallum of Lodgepole, Neb.; sisters, Phyllis Dobbins of Fort Collins, Merna Olson of Holyoke and Kathy Fish of Florence; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial service was held April 27 at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun with Roy Pfaltzgraff officiating.

Final resting place will be in the arms of his loving family. Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.