Kenneth P. Callicott was born on October 7th, 1923 on a farm 5 miles southwest of Harrison, Arkansas, the son of Alter Bayard Callicott and Mary Ben Callicott. Kenneth attended Harrison Public Schools and was a member of Future Farmers of America in which he attended several conventions in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a graduate of Harrison High School, class of 1941. After high school he attended Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas for a period of two years where he studied engineering.
In August of 1944 he was drafted into military service with the Army. He attended basic training and was sent to Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. After graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, Infantry Division. In the spring of 1945 he was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, 12th Regiment and was stationed in Yokohama, Japan. He spent one year in the occupation of Japan. He separated from military service in the fall of 1946. Kenneth then moved to Memphis, Tennessee and obtained a position with The Cotton Department First National Bank. It was in Memphis that he met the love of his life, Mary C. “Tyke” Landree whom he married on January 14, 1948. He remained faithfully by her side until his death.
Kenneth and Tyke moved to Lawrence, Kansas in January of 1948 so Kenneth could study engineering at The University of Kansas. He was a member of the Dean’s List but a lingering illness contracted during his military service forced him to withdrawal in the fall of 1948. He worked two years for the Douglas County Engineering Department. In May of 1951 he went to work for FMC Corporation and worked there until 1969. Upon leaving FMC he was head manager of the purchasing department. In the summer of 1969, Kenneth became a licensed Real Estate Agent affiliated with McGrew Real Estate and became a partner with the firm in 1970. He retired in 1985.
In his spare time Kenneth loved to hunt and fish, a joy he often shared with friends and family. He especially loved quail and duck hunting. He was a promoter of the firearms safety course to all his grandsons. He also loved rooting on the Kansas Jayhawks and was a long time season ticket holder for KU football games. He was extremely fond of Big Band Music and Kenneth and Tyke took many trips to see The Jack Morgan Orchestra. He was President of The Knife and Fork club from 1971-1972 and was also the President of Douglas County Sportsman’s Club. Although he was not a member of St. Johns Church of the Evangelist he enjoyed attending Sunday Mass as well as St. John school functions with his wife and family. He was quiet and private about his faith but was quick to point out that he had a strong relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Most of all, Kenneth loved spending time with his family. He never passed up an opportunity to have lunch with his children or grandchildren. Later in life, Kenneth enjoyed regular visits from his great-grandchildren.
Kenneth was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be missed but not forgotten. Survivors include his with wife, Mary “Tyke” of Lawrence, daughters Nancy (Dennis) Copp of Lawrence, Donna (Scot) Hoffman of Lawrence and Mary “Punkin” (Art) Cherico of Hemingway, South Carolina. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014 at St. Johns the Evangelist Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 12th Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.
The family suggests memorials in his name to Ducks Unlimited, Harding University in Searcy, AR, or St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Building Fund and may be sent in care of the mortuary.