Dennis E. Calain Sr.

Dennis E. Calain Sr., 66, a resident of Elkins, passed away Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in the Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown.

He was born Aug. 14, 1951, in Queens, New York, a son of the late George L. Calain Jr. and Stella Zahra Calain.

He was married to the love of his life, Patricia “Pat” Anson Calain, who survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Dennis E. “JR” Calain Jr. and wife, Crystal, of Temecula, California, and Dr. Kenneth S. Calain and wife, Manda, of Unicoi, Tennessee; and one daughter, Kathleen “Kathie” Staten and husband, Danny, of Elkins. Grandchildren, Matthew, Christian, Hunter, David, Elizabeth and fiance, Zachary, Alexis, Jaelynn, Dalton, Bryce, Alex, Owen, Leslie, Tori and Joel; and one great-granddaughter, Riley Claire, also survive.

Also preceding him in death was one brother, Tom Calain.

Dennis graduated from Davis & Elkins College with a Bachelor of Science in business and a minor in history. His career was with the military having served 41 years; 30 1/2 of those years were with the United States Naval Reserve and 10 1/2 with the Army National Guard. Over the years, he had the honor of presenting over 400 American flags to bereaved families. He had also worked at Morgan Towing in New York City for 14 years, at Mountaineer Motor and also at the Elkins Mountain School. He was a member of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, where he was past commander, a life member of the Vietnam Veterans Association and was involved with baseball, scouting and Elkins High School athletics. He was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Elkins.

Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the Tomblyn Funeral Home in Elkins. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday from the funeral home chapel with Charles Ranew, commander of H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion, officiating. Interment will follow at the Calain Family Cemetery at Bowden. Full military honors will be accorded by members of the West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard Program, H.W. Daniels Post 29 American Legion and Tygart Valley Post 3647 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to American Legion Post 29, West Virginia Boy’s State, in honor of Dennis Calain Sr., 326 Railroad Ave., Elkins, WV 26241. The Tomblyn Funeral Home of Elkins is in charge of the arrangements for Dennis E. Calain Sr. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblynfuneralhome.com.