Calvin Eugene “Mac” McIntosh of St. James, Missouri, formerly of Salem, Missouri, was born in Jake Prairie, Missouri, on March 4, 1926 to Benjamin Louis and Mary (Calvin) McIntosh and passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at the age of 96 years.
Calvin graduated from John F. Hodge High School in St. James, Missouri, in 1943 and left the family farm and entered the Army Air Forces in March of 1944. He served as a top gunner on a B-29 during World War II, eventually attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He flew out of Saipan on bombing missions over Japan. Immediately following the Japanese surrender, he flew missions dropping humanitarian supplies into a prisoner of war camps in China abandoned by the Japanese.
Following his discharge in March of 1946 he married Mary Frances Gravatt. They married on November 30, 1947 and lived in St. Louis, Missouri for a time where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and later moved to Jackson, Missouri, and later to St. James, Missouri while he was working for Skelly Oil Company.
In 1962, Mac and Mary purchased the furniture and appliance store in Salem, Missouri which evolved into a thriving business, also selling carpet, custom draperies, and electronics. They also operated a successful propane business.
Calvin also served as an officer and director with the Dent County Fire District, superintending major building expansion.
McIntosh Furniture closed in 1988, and following their retirement in Salem, Mac and Mary moved to the St. Louis, Missouri area for a time, to be closer to family. They celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November of 2020, just over a week before Mary died on December 8.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, George William “Bill” McIntosh, Benjamin L. “B.L.” McIntosh and James Donald “Jim” McIntosh.
He is survived by his children, Dennis McIntosh and wife Carla of Farmington, Missouri and Gail Doveikis and husband Phillip of Ballwin, Missouri; grandchildren, Benjamin McIntosh (Natalie), John McIntosh (Jodi), Samuel Doveikis (Rachel), and Kate Schneider (Brett); great grandchildren, Helen, Rosalie, Kennedi, Sawyer, Finley, James and Mackenzie; two brothers, Robert Joseph McIntosh and Jerry Leon McIntosh; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with Glen Claxton officiating.
Burial with full military honors was at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.