In memory of John Calhoun
On this day, Thursday, July 6, 2006, we lay to rest a good friend, John Calhoun, who died Friday, June 29.
I had the pleasure of working with John for more than 20 years in city and Kiwanis projects. He was a Lansing City Council member 12 years, served on the Lansing Planning Commission and also served on boards for the benefit of his church and the Richard Allen Cultural Center.
John was a past president of Lansing Kiwanis Club and had been its secretary for many years, with the tedious duties of filing reports or running us down to collect our service hours. He was awarded Distinguished Secretary of Kansas District II and the prestigious Hixon Award from Kiwanis International.
No matter where we met, he would give us a happy greeting and a firm handshake. I can remember many inter-club Kiwanis meetings that we attended together. One winter month stands out in particular when we went to Atchison for a great meeting and good food. The weather looked a little gloomy when we went up, but when we got out of our meeting it was snowing like crazy. John was driving, Ray Sherley was the co-pilot, and I was the back-seat driver.
We could hardly see where we were going and John said, "If you guys help me go left or right we will make it." It took all three of us and the Grace of God to keep the car on the road. It was scary at the time, but we have had many good laughs about that.
He had a wonderful philosophy of life and always used good common sense to solve a problem. He was always willing to do something good for everyone he met. His family, neighbors and friends will miss him very much.