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Charles McCallum - April 14, 2013


Charles A. McCallum of Haxtun died and entered into rest on April 14, 2013, at the VA Medical Center in Denver after fighting cancer for several years. Charles was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Venango, Neb., to Clarence John and Julia Ellen (Zemer) McCallum.

The family moved to a farm in the sandhills south of Holyoke. Charles helped his father as a farmhand. The family all moved to Haxtun about 1952 where Charles’ father worked as the night marshal.

After graduating from North Star School, Charles joined the Marine Corps and served from 1952-1960, in active duty from 1954-57, serving in Japan and several other islands. He was honorably discharged, having received a National Service Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Charles stayed in California and worked for a towing/wrecking company as a mechanic/tow truck operator until the late 1960s and then moved back to Colorado. He married Ruby (Wasson) Rasmussen in September 1973.

Chuck was a welder, farmer and trucker, and he enjoyed hunting elk, deer and antelope and fishing and especially playing poker. He was active in American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also spent many hours on the road, hauling other veterans for medical services in either Denver or Cheyenne, Wyo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Julia; sisters, Virginia McCallum, Margie May McCallum, Catherine Ficsh and Shirley Hagemann; and brothers, Joe McCallum and Clarence McCallum.

He is survived by his sisters, Phyllis Dobbins, Lavone Depetro and Myrna Olson; brothers, Richard McCallum and Donald McCallum; wife, Ruby McCallum; stepchildren, Wayne Rasmussen and wife Virginia, Richard Rasmussen and Alvin Rasmussen and wife Ruth; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

There will a burial service at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Venago, Neb., cemetery.

Baucke Funeral Home of Holyoke directed the service.