June Geil McCallister
June 10, 1919 - April 25, 2016
On Monday, April 25th, 2016, June Geil McCallister completed her journey here on Planet Earth and moved on to the Great Beyond. Born June 10, 1919 in Albany, Oregon to Edna Richard Geil and Louis Kieffer Geil, she was the youngest of three children. She started school at age 5 in Albany where her mother and father were teachers. Some of her favorite childhood memories involved the “sleepovers” at her grandmother and grandfather Richards’ apartment above the Lynn County jail when he was Sheriff. The family moved to Mt. View, Oregon in 1925, and then to Corvallis where June graduated from Corvallis High in 1936. In 1940, she graduated in the School of Business from Oregon State College. She was affiliated with Sigma Kappa sorority.
On June 7, 1941, she married Alan Finley McCallister in Corvallis. After graduation she worked as secretary to the Director of the Agriculture Extension Service at the University until 1942, when she and her husband moved to Portland. A first son, Michael, was born there in 1943. During the war while her husband was overseas, she joined the Electricians’ Union in Portland and worked in the electrical department of Commercial Iron Works where landing craft and troop transport ships were being built for the war effort.
Following the war, her husband was hired as an engineer with Standard Oil of California now Chevron. They lived in Portland until 1948, when he was transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii, for nine years. A second son, Richard, was born in Honolulu in 1953. After the family was transferred to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1957, a daughter, Laurie, was born in Lafayette, California.
June was a dedicated mother and parent volunteer, whether it was Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League, or parent-teacher work. While the family lived in La Mirada, California, in 1960, June was presented with a life membership in the PTA and with a “This Is Your Life” program for her work in establishing a children’s library at the John Foster Dulles Elementary School.
In 1967, after Standard Oil changed their name to Chevron, Alan was transferred with a cadre of engineers and managers to London, England, to start a new operating company, Chevron Oil U.K. They lived in London eight years. While the family was in England, June organized family trips through England, Scotland, Ireland, and on the continent. They travelled Europe extensively as well as the Mediterranean and Africa. For years, June enjoyed walking tours of London, learning the history of Great Britain. She was an active member of the U.K. Petroleum Wives Club for several years, arranging travel tours through the U.K. When her husband retired in 1981, they returned to the U. S. on the QE-2, settling in Salem. For a number of years they were winter snowbirds in the Palm Springs area. They spent a good deal of time traveling abroad and touring the United States in an RV. After 60 years of marriage her husband preceded her in death in 1998. They were members of the First Presbyterian Church.
During the years in Salem she joined the Writing Your Life Story class where she made long time friends and chronicled the family histories. Her continuing interests included her family, traveling, reading, bridge, her daily crossword puzzles, and the Oregon Coast.
Survivors include: CAPT Michael McCallister, USN Ret. and wife Nancy of Everett, WA, Richard McCallister and wife Linda of Portland, OR, and Laurie Luecker and husband, Charles of Moraga, CA. There are nine grandchildren and three great grandsons.
Memorial Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Virgil T. Golden funeral Service.