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George "Skip" O. Callander

December 19, 1947 ~ May 4, 2022 (age 74)

Obituary

George O. “Skip” Callander, 74, residing in South Bend, passed away at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Grand Emerald Place following a valiant battle with brain cancer.

 Born December 19, 1947 in Olympia, Washington, he was the son of Emeral “Cal” & Delores “Peggy” (Burns) Callander, and has lived in South Bend most of his life, having graduated in 1965 with the last class of the “old” Lakeville High School. 

On April 21, 1979 at Faith United Methodist Church, South Bend, Skip was united in marriage to Mary B. Dille.  Just a couple weeks ago, they celebrated their 43rd anniversary.

Along with Mary, he is survived by his daughter, Melissa Bergeron (Jacob Holt) of South Bend, and his two grandchildren whom he adored, Ashley & Eric Bergeron.

Also surviving is his mother, Delores “Peggy” Collins of South Bend, and two sisters, Connie Straton of Denver, CO; and Barbara (Eddie) Druelinger of Granger, and his best friend Bill & Maria Nering of Stevenson Ranch, CA. 

Skip began his career working at Jim Hibschman in Elkhart, and then worked as a Parts Clerk at  Tom Naquin, Elkhart, spent 30 years with Gates Chevrolet in Mishawaka, finally retiring from Lockmandy Motors in Elkhart.

He honorably served his country in the United States Army.  Skip was a faithful walker at the walking track at Trinity Evangelical Free Church, arriving early to help make coffee, and would sit longer than walk so he could visit with all the friends he had made over the years, and catch-up with all their news.  He and Mary were longtime fans of Notre Dame Girls Basketball and attended all the home games for many years.  

Services celebrating Skip’s life will be at 7:00 p.m. Monday, May 9, at the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 South Michigan Street with military honors to follow. Rev. Craig Clapper will officiate.  Following cremation, he will be buried in the Veteran’s Section at Southlawn Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

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Services

Visitation
Monday
May 9, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Guisinger Chapel
3718 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46614

Funeral Service
Monday
May 9, 2022

7:00 PM
Palmer Funeral Home - Guisinger Chapel
3718 S. Michigan St.
South Bend, IN 46614

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