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In Memory of
Daniel W. McCalla
December 21, 1940 - October 17, 2020

Private Family Graveside Service

Maplewood Cemetery

Daniel W. McCalla 1940 2020. Dan McCalla, age 79, passed away peacefully on October 17, 2020 due to a very brief battle with abdominal carcinomatosis. He was born on December 21, 1940 in Columbus, Ohio to Glenn and Helen Bearnice (Bea). He grew up in a beautiful home in Minerva Park and attended Westerville High School, graduating in the class of 1958. He met the love of his life, Rita Magistrale, while working at the Boston Store. Her parents took a chance and gave him permission to drive her home one day and the rest is history. They married in 1964 and enjoyed 49 years of exceptional happiness until Ritas death on July 2, 2013. Dan worked for the State of Ohio and retired as the Chief of the Bureau of Real Estate in 1993. Dan was a quiet person who thought and loved deeply. His devotion to family was always his highest priority. Dan conducted his life with an overabundance of generosity, patience, and kindness. He will be missed by all who knew him. Survived by his daughters, Kelly McCalla (Beau Rymers) and Tracy McCalla; grandchildren, Danielle and Derek, Nicole, Mackenzie (Sean) Tribble and Brooke; brother, Michael McCalla (George Ann); brother-in-law, Louis (Carol) Magistrale; sister-in-law, Cynthia (Kevin) Hendershot; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many close cousins. Preceded in death by the love of his life, Rita. There will be a private graveside service for immediate family at Maplewood Cemetery, New Albany, OH. Please share condolences and memories at


Brad McCalla

Oct 20, 2020

Kelly, Tracy and family, This is such a sorrowful time, but I have to let you know that when I think of both your mom and dad a smile always comes accross my face. Some of my greatest childhood memories are with you two and your parents. We moved around so much growing up, but when asked where I felt my home was, I have two answers - my gandparents farm and with my Ohio relatives. Your family certainly impacted me in so many positive ways, and your dad was a true father to I suspect many people. It was so fun to go fishing in Canada with him, as I had the opportunity to watch your dad and my dad became teenage boys again. I cherish every memory with the deepest possible love for all of you. Take care of eachother and know that you are all missed and we truly wish we could be there with you now.


Michele Wilson

Oct 22, 2020

I worked with Dan in 1980, Dan was a kind and gentle man. His laugh was infectious. Rest in Peace with your sweet-heart Rita.