Kenneth Owen Callaway, 90, of Gonzales, Texas passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Gonzales Memorial Hospital in Gonzales, Texas.
Cremation Rites are under the direction of Buffington Funeral Home in Gonzales, Texas. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at the Buffington Funeral Home Chapel in Gonzales, Texas at 10:00 am with Reverend Jim McWhorter officiating.
Kenneth was born on Dec. 6, 1922, in Perrin, Texas. He was the son of William Owen and Emma Nevada (Woods) Callaway. Kenneth married Diane Elaine Thompson Dec. 16, 1944 in Forth Worth, Texas at the First Methodist Church.
In Kenneth's young life he would have been found on the family farm plowing and picking cotton. He was quoted as saying "If I have to be a farmer I'm going to be a darn good one". His first job off the family farm was working at JC Penney during High School. He graduated from Perrin High School in 1942 and then attended Texas A&M University. WWII then came along and because of his hearing he could not serve his country in the military so he quit Texas A&M and went to work for General Dynamics designing airplanes to help in the war efforts. After the war he went to work for American Standard Insurance Company as an adjuster. He then went into Insurance Sales and formed his own Insurance Agency, Callaway Insurance in Wichita Falls, TX. He then formed United General Insurance Agency and Insurance Company in Midland, TX that primarily insured Oil Field equipment. In 1980 he sold his companies and retired to Rockport, Texas. He then built A New Method Cleaners in Rockport and sold that business in 2008 and moved to Gonzales, Texas. During the years he was very involved in community service organizations to include being a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Shiners. He was a member of the Sertoma Club in which he was responsible for building a girls club on the south side of Wichita Falls. He was a member of the Wichita Valley Water District and was responsible for putting the rural water system in for the Wichita Valley Farms area. Served on the Aransas County Navigation District in which he was responsible for building the Rockport Beach Park. He also served on the Gulf Coast Conservation Association in which he was on the creating board of GCCA now called CCA for the gulf coast area. One of the main projects was saving Cedar Bayou and starting a redfish fingerling hatchery. He was also on a committee that helped save the Paws and Taws building on Fulton Beach Road.
Kenneth believed in playing as hard as he worked and becoming an expert in his many hobbies. As a very young man he trained his own bird dogs and was an avid quall, duck, and pheasant hunter and also all around fisherman. He then took up golfing and played in tournaments all over the country to include Canada and Mexico. His lowest handicap was a 7. As his children were growing up on the farm he was very involved in the local 4-H Club and helped form the 4-H horse club in Wichita Falls. He also formed the West Texas Cutting Horse Association and was a member of the American Quarter Horse association. He bought a single engine Cessna 172 for business and pleasure and then becoming a twin engine commercial instrument rated pilot. He then started a kennel of Siberian Husky's with a grand champion male, ultimately having a complete set of 9 sled dogs with sled and harnesses as well as a three-wheel practice cart. After retirement and moving to Rockport he took up fishing again. He purchased a 38 foot twin screws cat Bertrum deep sea fishing boat and ultimately acquired his captains license and won a number of off shore fishing tournaments for blue marlin, white marlin, sail fish, dolphin fish and wahoo . Later he turned his interest to mostly bay fishing and becoming a Master Fly Caster and becoming one of the first to fly fish for the big three fish types in the Rockport area. He also was a master at tying flies and teaching fly fishing which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was a member of the Key Allegro coffee group and the Coast Watchers lunch group. As his health declined, he moved to Gonzales and could not physically keep up with his many hobbies he spent the remaining part of his life enjoying his family and spending time with friends such as the 9:00 Coffee drinkers, who took turns picking him up and taking him to coffee in the mornings.
Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Diane Callaway of Gonzales, his daughter Nevada B.(Oakey) Brinkley of Midland, and son Kenneth O. Callaway, Jr and his wife, Sherry of Gonzales. Grandsons, Clyde L. Brown of San Francisco, CA., Sean O. Callaway and his wife, Melinda of Kyle, Taylor B. Callaway and his wife, Mandy of Seattle, WA., Joel K. Callaway and his wife, Norie of Mertzon, three great-grandsons and one in the oven and 10 great-granddaughters and sister-in-law Dorothy Callaway and many nieces and nephews. Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Melissa Brown Franklin, grandsons Shane Melton Callaway and William "Willie" Thomas Callaway, also his brothers, Charles and Jon Callaway and sister Doris Callaway Cranford.
In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to the
or "Knowing This" Ministries, P.O Box 922, Gonzales, TX 78629 in remembrance of Kenneth.
To join the family in celebrating Kenneth's life, please go to: www.buffingtonfuneralhomegonzales.com.