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Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Indian River Mourns the Passing of Past President and Life Member Richard M. Calhoun


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Indian River Mourns the Passing of Past President Richard M. Calhoun

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company regrets to announce that one of it’s Past President Richard M. Calhoun has passed away recently on June 4, 2019.

The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company wishes to offer its condolences and deepest gratitude to the families and loved ones of Richard.  We wish to offer the Calhoun Family, Short Family and extended families our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Richard joined the Delaware Fire Service in April, 1964 and assisted the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company in the following capacities:


Second Assistant Chief;

Chief Engineer;


Vice President; and

Assistant Treasurer

Richard also served as the Sussex County Volunteer Firefighters Association President.

Additional information regarding the funeral and memorial services can be viewed via the following link:

Richard Melson Calhoun, enthusiastic horseman

Richard Melson Calhoun, 88, of Bridgeville passed away at his family home Tuesday, June 4, 2019. He was born to the late John Ewell Calhoun and Myrtle Lingo Calhoun Sept. 28, 1930, and was raised in Georgetown.

Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a professional house mover and merchant. Richard served on the board of the Delaware State Fair and was an active member of the Indian River Fire Company.

An enthusiastic horseman, with an extensive carriage collection, he served as president of the Delmarva Driving Club and was a director of, and participant in, Return Day.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Frances Dawson of Rehoboth Beach; and brother, Frank L. Calhoun of Washington, D.C.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Sylvia Short Calhoun; and five nephews.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown on Saturday, June 8 at 1 p.m. A time of visitation will take place Friday, June 7, from 6 until 8 p.m. Interment will be at the Union Cemetery, Georgetown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to the Delaware State Fair, P.O. Box 28, Harrington, DE 19952.