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Calvin Dock Petray

October 30, 1932 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 89)


Calvin D. Petray

Calvin Dock Petray, 89, of Colorado Springs died peacefully on Saturday September 10th, 2022 at MacKenzie Place in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Calvin was born October 30th, 1932 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Dyer Franklin “Buster” and Gladys (Crenshaw) Petray. He and sister Sadie were raised primarily by their grandparents and attended school alongside similar aged aunts and uncles. In 1949 at the age of 17, Calvin enlisted in the United States Army. After completing basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas, he was assigned to the 7th Infantry Division and sent to Japan to participate in the post war occupation and rehabilitation. From Japan, in 1950, he was sent to Korea and served there in the artillery until 1953. Upon his return stateside, civilian life did not suit him, and he signed on with the United States Air Force within a few months.

Over the next twenty-five plus years Calvin served at various stations all over the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He earned citations, commendations, and promotions throughout his military career culminating in a Bronze Star for his heroism in the Vietnam War. Calvin retired as a Chief Master Sergeant from the USAF in May of 1979.

At the age of 49, Calvin gained employment with the United States Post Office and worked there for another 23 years for a combined 53 years of civil service.  

 He is survived by, Bernadette, his loving wife of sixty-four years, his son Patrick (Barbara) Petray, daughter Jannette (Timothy) Noonan, and son Richard and daughter Connie from a previous marriage. Calvin and Bernadette also enjoyed the company of their 4 grandchildren: Bradley (Heather) Hartman, Amanda Brown, Michelle Noonan, Claire Petray, and 3 great-grandchildren: Aspen Hartman, Carter Hartman, Amelia Petray, and several nieces and nephews.

Calvin was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Sadie Petray Brown and Virginia Petray, brother-in-law Julien Feuillade, sisters-in-law Julienne Soing and Nichole Roberts.



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Funeral Service
September 20, 2022

11:00 AM
Cappadona Funeral Home
1020 E Fillmore St
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Interment w/ Military Honors
September 20, 2022

1:00 PM
Pikes Peak National Cemetery, Colorado Springs, Fort Carson

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