Calvin Bruce Koesy, CDR USNR (Ret.) 91, of Panama City, passed away Friday, August 3, 2018.
He was born the son of Szilard Fred Koesy and Lola Lucy Bowman Koesy on October 7, 1926 in Miami, Florida.
He grew up in Miami and graduated from Miami Senior High School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines as a Radio Operator. In 1950, he graduated from Florida State University with a Master's Degree in Physics. He worked 31 years at the Naval Coastal Warfare Center as an Engineer before retiring in 1982. While at the Coastal Warfare Center, he did temporary duty in the Vietnam War as Science Advisor to the Commander of U.S. Naval Forces. He also did temporary duty as Science Advisor to the Commander of U.S. Navy Mine Warfare Force from whom he received a commendation. In 2004, he received the Hall Of Fame Award from the Naval Surface Warfare Center.
He had a concurrent career in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was commissioned as an Engineering Officer in 1950 and retired in 1977 with the rank of Commander.
He was a member of St. Andrew Baptist Church for sixty-six years serving for periods of time as Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He participated in six foreign partnership missions to Indonesia.
Along with family, he developed a farm in Washington County. Most of the farm had stands of pulpwood trees and the remaining had pastures for cattle. In the beginning the cattle were mixed breeds but later pure bred Charolais.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Mary Jane Inabnit Koesy, and his son, James Bowman Koesy, and brothers, Jason Douglas, Sheldon Fred, and John Robert.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Lou Koesy, three children, Barbara J. Koesy Roberts and husband, Tom, Elizabeth A. Koesy Post and husband, John, and Dinh Nguyen, his adopted son. He is also survived by three sisters, Lucy Juliette, Barbara Ann and Jeanne Lola, eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at St. Andrew Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Claunch officiating.
Interment with military honors will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Active pallbearers will be David Hecht, Tommy Wyatt, Tom Roberts, John Post, Dinh Nguyen, George Cornett and Art Zediker. Honorary pallbearers will be Joshua Wyatt, Deacons of St. Andrew Baptist Church and members of the Lighthouse Tenders Sunday School Class.
The family will receive friends from 9:30-11:00 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Koesy Scholarship Loan Fund or the Center of Hope at St. Andrew Baptist Church, 3010 West 15th Street Panama City, Florida 32401.
Arrangements by Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemeteries.