Kenneth Rivers Callis, Jr.

October 11, 1950 - November 11, 2017

Ken Callis, 67, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2017, in Palm Springs, California.

He was a long-time resident of Morgan Hill until the passing of his partner John Ward, in November, 2015. He spent his last year of life in Palm Springs.

Ken was born in Flint, Michigan in October, 1950. He graduated from high school at the Stony Brook Preparatory School, in Stony Brook, New York, and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He made his home variously in California and Hawaii. He was employed by General Electric in San Jose. While in Hawaii, he was a marathoner and triathlete. His greatest joy was playing his piano. He was an accomplished musician and pianist. He was active in both the United Methodist and Episcopal churches in Morgan Hill.

He is survived by his mother, Annie Ruth Rhoads, of Charlotte, North Carolina; his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Joe de Gier, of Marina, California; and his sister and brother-in-law, Annette and David Vander Ploeg, of Glenview, Illinois.

He was a loving uncle and is survived by five nephews, Peter and Martin de Gier, of Monterey, California, and David, Charlie, and Gerrit Vander Ploeg of Chicago, Illinois, as well as nine great nieces and nephews in Illinois.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 2pm, at St. John The Divine Episcopal Church, 17740 Peak Ave, in Morgan Hill.

Contributions in his memory are suggested to the Morgan Hill United Methodist Church or to St. John The Divine Episcopal Church in Morgan Hill.

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