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Obituary – Calvin Edward Namken

March 28, 2017

MCALLEN – Calvin Edward Namken went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Comfort House in McAllen. He was born June 19, 1929 in Giddings, Texas to Rudolph and Aurora Falke Namken. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Royce (Mildred) and Neil (Miriam) Namken. He is survived by his wife Emily Helm Namken and children; Robin (Rick) Chandler of Spring TX, David (Karen) Namken of Morgantown KY, his grandchildren; Christopher Chandler, Nicole (Cody) Phillips, Daniel (Kelcie) Chandler, great,grandchildren, Olivia and Conor Phillips and Everleigh Jane Chandler.He is also survived by his beloved dog “Queenie”. Calvin was a graduate of Texas Lutheran College. After graduating from college he entered the Air Force and trained at Lackland field in San Antonio TX. He served in the Philippines  and was stationed at Clark Field. He also attended Southwestern Seminary of Fort Worth TX, Rio Grande Bible Institute and Language School. He pastored churches in Washington state, Canada and Alamo TX. After making a trip to Mexico with a missionary he felt the call of God to work in the ministry with spanish speaking people . The family moved to Mission TX where a good friend was pastor of First Babtist Church. Through this church and other churches who helped, a church was begun in La Grulla TX and also Grace Babtist Mission in Madero Community. After this Calvin felt called to spend the rest of his life working with pastors in Mexico to develop new churches by showing gospel films. The three main pastors were; Ernesto Vasquez in Yucatan, Joel Grappin in Veracuz and Alex Ovando in Sinaloa. Viewing will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at First Babtist Church in Mission with a funeral at 12 pm. Burial will follow at Rio Grande State Veterans Cemetery in Mission. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Emily Namken for Mexico Missions or Grace Babtist Mission, in Mission TX. Services are under the direction of Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission. Sign the guest book at


March 28, 2017
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