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CALANDE, Armand Richard Known as "Cal" or "Dick", died peacefully at home on Sept. 30, 2016, at age 88. Cal was born Dec. 27, 1927, to Blandine and Ernest Calande of West Warwick, R.I. Cal attended high school at the Marist Brothers' Juniorate in Tyngsboro, Mass. graduating in 1944, and then joined the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his Navy service, Cal joined the U.S. Air Force in 1949, and became an aerospace instrumentation technician, retiring as a Master Sergeant in 1966. During his career in the Air Force and later in the aerospace industry, Cal travelled the world and worked on several notable projects, including the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird, B-1 and B-2 bombers, Space Shuttle, Lockheed's storied "Skunkworks" in Burbank, Calif., and Nevada's legendary Area 51. Cal married Helen Gabriel Meenan, of Derry, Northern Ireland in 1952 and they had a family of five children. Cal settled with his family in Lancaster, where he and Helen lived for over 50 years. He was a long-time parishioner of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lancaster, and was also a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, the Loyal Order of the Moose, the VFW and the American Legion. Cal loved fishing, crossword puzzles, old cars, televised wrestling and music, especially classical, opera and Country Western. In retirement, Cal and Helen divided their time between their home in Lancaster, and their homes in Twin Lakes, Calif., and Falcarragh, Ireland. Cal is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helen; his children: Bryan Calande of Bakersfield, Calif., Denise (Ron) Kariger of Quartz Hill, Calif., Richard (Barbara Kivisto) Calande of Palmdale, Calif. and Pauline (the late John) Calande Braswell of Alexandria, Va.; grandchildren: Amy and Theresa Kariger; and great-grandchild Alex Kariger, all of Quartz Hill, Calif. He is also survived by his brothers Gerald (Barbara D'Amato) Calande of Coventry, R.I., and Ernest (Meg) Calande of Ellenton, Fla., as well as his sister Jeannine (Philip) Holmen of Doylestown, Pa., sister- in-law Shirley (the late Roger) Calande of Coventry, R.I., and numerous nieces and nephews and their families. Cal was preceded in death by his son Michael, his parents, Blandine and Ernest Calande, and his brothers Paul and Roger Calande. A visitation for Cal will be held on Thursday, Oct.6, 2016 from 5-8pm at Halley- Olsen-Murphy Funerals, 44831 N. Cedar Ave., Lancaster, Calif. Cal's Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 565 W. Kettering St. in Lancaster, Calif. Burial will follow immediately thereafter at Joshua Memorial Cemetery.

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