ELGIN Funeral for Alfred Calderon, 88, of Elgin, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan.12, 2017, at Elgin Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Larry Thoma officiating.
Burial will follow at Elgin Memorial Cemetery.
Mr. Calderon went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Lawton.
Alfred was born March 24, 1928, in Apache, to Julio and Carolina (Ramirez) Calderon. He attended Elgin Public Schools and married Arline (Sandy) Harrel on June 15, 1949, in Wichita Falls, Texas. They were happily married for 67 years. He worked at Home DÈcor and Air Conditioning for many years and later began working in sheet metal, where he was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 124 and Sheet Metal Workers International Association for over 40 years. He was a sheet metal journeyman for over 25 years until his retirement in 1990. In the late 1970s he began farming and raising cattle east of Elgin until stopping for health reasons in 2006. Alfred and Arline lived in Medicine Park for 27 years before moving to their home in Elgin in 1987. Growing up he was very good at roller skating, and later enjoyed bowling and playing golf. He and Arline were well-known at the "coffee shop" at Ball's CafÈ in Sterling. He was a member of Elgin First Baptist Church and rejoiced in singing hymns and attending church services. Although he was a quiet man, Arline more than made up for it in conversation with their many friends. He enjoyed family get-togethers and helping with family projects. He dearly loved his daughters (the girls), his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by both family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Arline Calderon; two daughters: Doretta Johnson and her husband Mike, of Elgin; and Belinda Brown and her husband Doyle, of Elgin; three grandsons: Clint Janda and his wife Lori of Elgin; Nick Brown and his wife Charlotte of Lawton; and Michael Johnson of La Place, La.; one granddaughter, Lindsay Geiger and her husband Stanton; one sister, Lydia Fetter of Cathedral City, Calif.; three brothers: Junior Calderon and his wife Judy of Hammond, Ind.; Michael Carretero and his wife Rhonda, and Jesse Carretero, all of Oklahoma City; one sister-in-law, Eva Calderon of Cathedral City, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Harry Zapinski of Troy, Mich.; seven great-grandchildren: Cade and Logan Janda, Alli and Wyatt Geiger, Riley Brown, and Clayton and Trevor Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; Julio Calderon; his mother and stepfather, Carolina and Luis Carretero; one brother, Alexander Calderon; and one sister, Shirley Zapinski.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Alzheimer's Association.
An online guest book is available at FletcherAndElginFuneral.com.