Dewey Calfee passed away peacefully on August 21 at his home in Niceville FL. He was Born January 25, 1933, to Hollis and Jessie Mae Calfee on their family's farm in Chilton County Alabama.
After graduating from Niceville High School in 1951, he was inducted into the US Army and trained as a combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, then was assigned to the Yokohama Engineering Depot in Japan. After 2 years active duty he was discharged, then moved to Los Angeles to earn his bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering. He started his career as an aerodynamics engineer for North American Aviation where he contributed to numerous projects such as the F-100, X-15 and XB70 aircrafts, then the Apollo program. In 1963 Dewey returned with his family to Valparaiso and worked at Eglin AFB as an aeronautical engineer.
Over the years he worked in a variety of aerospace roles, managed his own company, then returned to Eglin AFB until retiring in 1992. In retirement he enjoyed traveling to Vietnam with his Wife Thien, his woodworking projects, and living life with his wife and family.
Dewey was preceded in death by his parents, Hollis Calfee and Jessie Mae Calfee, both Valparaiso Florida, by his new born brother Benjamin Calfee, and his older sister Elizabeth Miller of Clanton Alabama. Dewey is survived by his wife, Thien Thi Calfee of Niceville, his daughter Cheryl Hendricks of Mohrsville PA, his son David Calfee of Clermont FL, and 4 Grandchildren.
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