William T. “Bill” Callas, Sr., age 74, of Stephens City, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Winchester Medical Center.
Bill was born in 1945, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Thomas and Emily Callas. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps achieving the rank of Lance Corporal during the Vietnam War. Bill was awarded the Purple Heart. During his enlistment, Bill became a rifle and pistol expert, attending sniper school in 1964. After his time in the Marines, Bill worked in law enforcement, retiring after 10 years of service at the Front Royal Police Department.
Bill’s spare time was spent building race cars and playing bass guitar in various local bands in the area. He loved playing classic rock, blues, and country music. He enjoyed shooting rifles, the Marine Corps, riding his Harley, and watching NASCAR. Bill always found time to spend with his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
Bill is survived by his sons, William Callas, Jr. (Delta) of Ranson, West Virginia and Luke Callas (Noelle) of Stephens City, Virginia; grandchildren, Zachary Callas of Front Royal, Virginia, Aiden and Avery Callas, both of Stephens City, Virginia; his girlfriend, Carol Hicks; and his first wife, Robyn Farmer; sister, Barbara Nagy, of Milford, Delaware.
In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his former wife, Mary Ann Smith Callas and brothers, Jimmy, Stan, and Perry Karas.
A visitation will be held on Monday, June 24th from 5:00 until 7:00 pm at Omps, South Chapel. The funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 pm, immediately following the visitation. Interment will be private in Shenandoah Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill’s memory to The Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675-8517.