Dwight William Callaway

May 22, 1932November 5, 2013

Dwight William Callaway (age 81) of St. Simon’s Island, GA and Paradise Lake, MI (Cheboygan County) passed away on November 5th, 2013 at home. He was in the care of Golden Isles Hospice.

Dwight was born in Cincinnati, Ohio May 22, 1932 to Virginia and Henry Callaway. His brother Charles, his best friend through childhood and college, was two years older. Following the divorce of his parents, his mother married Sylvester Gordon, who Dwight considered his father. Virginia and Sylvester had a daughter, Sylvia, his sister. Dwight’s brother, parents, and stepfather preceded him in death.

As a youth Dwight was an avid reader, beginning school at the age of 5 with his Aunt Ruhema, a teacher. His aptitude for learning and reading took him to Walnut Hills Preparatory School where he graduated in 1949 and to Morehouse College where he earned a degree in Engineering in 1953. While at Morehouse, he was a proud member of the Maroon Tigers football team and became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Following his graduation from Morehouse, he returned to Cincinnati, enrolling in the graduate studies program at the University of Cincinnati. He also began courting his childhood sweetheart, Roberta Leahr.

While a graduate student at University of Cincinnati, he was a researcher, studying the impact of radiation therapy for cancer treatment. Following his engagement to his wife, Roberta, he left his studies to take a job as an engineer at Baldwin Piano. It was at Baldwin that he began his innovative work in the microelectronic field, working with technology that would later become the basis of the MOOG synthesizer.

Following a stint at Electra Manufacturing in Independence, KS, Dwight found his home with General Motors Division, Delco Radio (Electronics) in Kokomo, IN. in 1964. There he continued his work with microelectronics, more specifically, semiconductors. His ground-breaking efforts included developing multiple patents that converted hundreds of transistors to a single printed circuit board. Circuit boards had previously been assembled by hand and were extremely expensive to produce. In order to make the new technology cost effective, he worked with vendors to develop customized automated machinery that revolutionized the entire semiconductor industry. The new technology eliminated heavy control systems resulting in lighter, more efficient automobiles.

He was recognized for his achievements by the National Electronic Packaging and Production Conference (NEPCON) as Engineer of the Year, and served as the first President of the International Society for Hybrid Microelectronics (ISHM, now iMaps) in 1971 and 1972. He was also honored with ISHM’s Hughes Award in 1972 in recognition of his significant contributions to the field.

Following his tenure at Delco, Dwight finished his career with AC Spark Plug Division of General Motors in Flint, MI where he was the Director of International Operations, overseeing multiple General Motors production facilities around the globe, including Luxemburg, France, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, and Mexico.

Upon retirement Dwight and Roberta moved to St. Simon’s Island, GA where he served as Jr. Warden at Christ Episcopal Church and a board member for 9 years at Golden Isles Hospice. He spent many summers at their home in Paradise Lake, Michigan teaching his grandchildren to fish, swim, and boat.

Dwight is survived by his wife of 58 years, Roberta; his children; Denise (Gary Reistad), Gordon (Kim Callaway, Crystal Callaway) and Dwight (Sharon Callaway), his sister Sylvia Rousseau; and 6 grandchildren; Maxine Behm, Gordon and Caroline Callaway, George, Kelsey and Sonja Reistad.

He will be missed by friends and family in Cincinnati, Kokomo, Michigan, St. Simon’s Island, and colleagues across the nation and around the world.

The family is grateful for the expert and compassionate care of Dr's Timothy Jamison, Abraham Cheong and Michael Butler.

The memorial service will take place at Christ Episcopal Church, St. Simon’s Island Georgia at 11:00 am on November, 30th, 2013. Interment will be at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made in Dwight's name to Hospice of the Golden Isles, Christ Episcopal Church, or Morehouse College.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dwight William Callaway

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Pete Hossenlopp

December 18, 2013


We were saddened to learn of Dwight's passing. What a special person! As I reminisce, many fond memories abound! How difficult it must be to suffer such great loss during this season. Knowing that Dwight is now in the company of our Lord, may He bless you and your family with a special peace and healing presence.

Pete and Kathy Hossenlopp

Phil Crum

December 18, 2013

With deepest sympathies to Roberta and the Callaway family. It is with great sadness that I have learned of Dwight's passing. Dwight was my first direct supervisor for many years while we both worked for Delco in Kokomo. He was an excellent mentor and became a respected friend over the years. I know that he was instrumental in advancing my career. While he could be stern he also had a warm heart and a twinkle in his eye that will forever be a part of my memory. He has left a wonderful legacy in many places.

November 26, 2013

To Link Callaway and Family,
Extending sympathies to your family at this time of your loss.
Link Nettye H. Evans

Guy Durant

November 24, 2013

My Family has loved Dwight and the Callaway Family forever. I will miss you Brother Dwight. My Mother Johnnie Mae Durant and Sister Yvette Durant-Downs are planning to attend the service, but I am not able to attend at this time. My condolences to you all. I remember spending time with Dwight and Bert and Gordon and Crystal and so many of you over the years. God Bless and Comfort you in this time of sorrow. I am so proud of my Alpha Phi Alpha brother Dwight Callaway. Rest in Peace. -Guy Durant

Janet LaLonde

November 23, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the Callaway family. The friendship and love he has brought to our family will never be forgotten. His smile brighten our days and his laugh brought joy to our joys during our darkest times. He will be missed but remind forever in our hearts! All of our love from Northern Michigan!

November 22, 2013

I met Dwight in 1989 in Paradise Lake Mi. having done several remodeling and improvements to their cottage, Over the years my wife Robin and I became great friends with Dwight and Roberta. He was almost like a father to me and I will dearly miss him!

Martha Goings

November 19, 2013

Sympathy to the Callaway family, I worked for Dwight, when he was in Kokomo. My family still uses his famous "bean dip" recipe. Martha Goings

Lewis Twigg

November 18, 2013

Our hearts and prayers are with you in the loss of your beloved husband,father, grandfather and brother Dwight. We will always remember and appreciate the wonderful times we shared together. May God comfort you always. The Twigg and May Families

Karon Moore

November 16, 2013

To: Roberta and the Calloway Family.
Nettie and Cora let me know about Dwight's transition. Although none of us have ever met you, I have communicated with Denise on Facebook. Know that I will share this information with my brother Brian Riffe and Sister Melanie Riffe. Our Mother, Charlotte Jones Riffe loved all the Leahr's so much, and spoke so proudly of all of you. Dwight was an amazingly gifted person, who made a difference and was a beneficial presence in the world. While I'm sure you will miss him, we are all blessed by his life.

Our Love and Prayers are with you.
Karon Riffe Moore

Aileen Rogers

November 12, 2013

Dear Denise and Family,

Please allow me to express my deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.