Ray "Pat" H. Calihan, 92, died peacefully at his home on Oct. 18, 2019, in Gold Canyon, Ariz. He was born Jan. 8, 1927, in Garden City to Ray and Winifred Calihan.
In 1949, he married the late Roselle Yakle and raised a son, Mike, and three daughters, Cathi, Janice and Boni. In 1981, he married Lillian Valenzuela.
Pat enlisted and served his country as a sergeant in the army during WWII. Following his service in the army, Pat graduated from both the University of Kansas and Washburn Law School. He was appointed by the attorney general of the State of Kansas as a special investigator in 1949. He practiced law for 45 years in Garden City and was elected as Finney County's county attorney in 1954. In 1973, he served as United States Magistrate for southwest Kansas, under the appointment of the U.S. District Court. He was Garden City’s mayor in 1974 and city commissioner for several years. Pat was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1997.
Pat enjoyed golfing, traveling and was quite an entertainer. He loved being surrounded by his family and friends and always had a good joke to tell. In his younger days he was an accomplished horseman and musician.
He is survived by his three daughters, Cathi Vincent and husband Dave of Albuquerque, N.M., Janice Williams and husband Brad of Gilbert, Ariz., and Boni Burkhart and husband Darwin of Wichita and step-daughter, Robin Valenzuela and husband Jeff of Garden City.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; son, Mike Calihan of Garden City; and his step-son, Rudy Valenzuela of Kansas City.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Garden City. Internment will be at Valley View Cemetery in Garden City following the service. Memorials may be sent in Pat’s name to Hospice at Home of Arizona or the First Presbyterian Church in Garden City, both in care of Garnand Funeral Home of Garden City. Condolences may be given at garnandfunealhomes.com.
Pat’s final days were brightened by his wonderful staff of caregivers. The family offers their sincere appreciation to these compassionate individuals, along with the staff of Hospice at Home of Arizona.