Calvin A. Packard, Sr., 95, of Williamsport, died peacefully on April 1, 2021, at Rose View Nursing and Rehab Center.
He was born on May 19, 1925, in Jersey Shore, son of Laura (Wheeland) Packard.
Calvin was a WWII Army Air Corp. Veteran, he graduated from Lycoming College with a BS in mathematics, he was employed by the NASA Federal Manned Flight Center from 1960-1983. While employed with NASA, he was responsible for developing and operating a computer software system to support the freedom missions which started with the John Glen flight, America’s first manned mission into outer space, this system was continually used to support all near Earth manned flights and provided backup support for the Lunar flights. Calvin enjoyed fishing, hunting, and wood working, he built his mother’s house and the family cabin. He was a beekeeper, grew his own vegetables and planted fruit trees, he also wrote his own computer program, consulted with area business and taught computer science at Lycoming College.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ralph and Walter Packard.
Surviving is a son, Calvin A. (Dorothy) Packard, Jr., of Williamsport; daughter, Kimberly Ann (Paul) Scheib, of West Orange, NJ; one grandchild, Andrew Scheib; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 11:30 a.m. in Montoursville Cemetery.
There will be a walk-through viewing on Tuesday, 10-11:00 a.m. at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, PA 17754.
Following Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines, masks and social distancing will be required.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lycoming College, one college pl, Williamsport, PA 17701.
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