Robert Lee ‘Bob’ Calder

March 10, 1927-April 8, 2024


Robert Lee “Bob” Calder, 97, of Crawfordsville passed away Monday, April 8, 2024, at home, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born March 10, 1927, at home in Waynetown, to Clarence and Norma (Davis) Calder.

Bob graduated from Waynetown High School in 1947 and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He married Betty Ilene Hutson on April 22, 1949, at Veedersburg. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and a proud farmer. He raised crops, pigs and cows and loved being a farmer and a steward of the land. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, watching I.U. basketball and the Indianapolis Colts, and attending his grandchildren’s events; but most of all he loved spending time with his family and grandchildren.

He was a proud member of the Waynetown American Legion and was Past Commander when it was open.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Betty Calder; five children, Cheryl Calder of Crawfordsville, Rick (Jennie) Calder of Wingate, Teresa (Danny) Parker of Bainbridge, Judy (Jamey) Chaney of Frankfort and Debbie (Roy) Cortez of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Margaret Bell; brother Curtis Calder; granddaughter LeeAnn Brock-Calder; and brother-in-law Robert Hutson.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. Monday, April 15 at Sanders Funeral Care Waynetown, 202 Bratton Road, Waynetown. Burial will follow at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

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