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Jul 30, 2013 - Staff
Todd Callies, of Casper, died Thursday, July 25, 2013. He was 41 years old.
Cremation has taken place, and funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at Restoration Church in Casper. Dress is casual.
Todd Callies and his twin, Cindy, were born Oct. 7,1971, in Casper, the children of Ohly and Carol Callies.
When he was young, he was active in 4-H and earned several awards from raising rabbits, lambs and pigs. He also was active in sports, competing in T-ball, football, softball and BMX racing.
Mr. Callies attended Denver Auto and Diesel College where he received his master mechanic degree. He worked as a lead man at Andreen Hunt Construction for eight years.
His family said he had a passion for the National Hot Rod Association, and during his employment with Mallory, a well-known ignition company, he became exposed to living on the race circuit, a lifestyle he came to love. While working for Mallory, he was able to fulfill a lifelong dream of driving a top fuel funny car. He later became a mechanic for the Tolliver Racing Team.
In 1993, he married Cheryl McMackin, and they had two children, Gage Christopher Callies and Taylor Belle Callies.
In early 2012, Mr. Callies reunited with his first love, Kim Judd.
His family said he enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, and one of his greatest passions was playing pool. He won several pool tournaments and was a member of Taylor Troubadour's. His family said he made friends easily, always had a smile on his face and never missed the opportunity to pass along a good joke. He was well known for being a compassionate man and enjoyed spending time with his children, family and friends.
He is survived by his children, Gage and Taylor Callies of Casper; father and stepmother Ohly and Linda Callies of Casper; mother Carol Summers of Casper; brothers Fred Callies and his wife Tess of Fredericksburg, Va., Clinton Callies and his wife Lynn of Casper, Sydney "Dude" Summers of Casper, Carl Summers and his wife Erica of Ocala, Fla., and Darrell Summers and his wife April of Glenrock; sisters Debbie Stoneking (Charles Bryant) of Evansville, Dorinda Bechtell of Riverton, and Cindy Antrim (Jim Berglund) of Midwest; and numerous nieces and nephews and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and his stepfather, Vinton "Buster" Summers.
Memorials on behalf of Mr. Callies's children may be made at Reliant Federal Credit Union in Casper.