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Robert V. Calhoun, retired businessman Aug. 15, 1926 -- Dec. 15, 2006

Robert V. Calhoun of Williamsville, a World War II veteran and retired Town of Tonawanda businessman, died Friday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga, after a long illness. He was 80.

Born in Farrell, Pa., Mr. Calhoun graduated from Canisius College with a bachelor's degree in business.

He served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific, scouting the movement of Japanese troops. Mr. Calhoun, who was a private first class, could speak Japanese. He also was an airplane mechanic.

Mr. Calhoun served as vice president of Martin Fireproofing Corp, retiring in 1989. As a young adult, he also worked on Great Lakes freighters for the Wilson Steamship Co.

He was a member of George F. Lamm Post 622, American Legion, and the National Rifle Association and was an advisory board member for Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Helen F. Martin; a daughter, Colleen M. Mummert; and a son, Robert V. Jr.

A service will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home, 5541 Main St., Williamsville.

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