Victor G. Calimee born July 11, 1949, deceased January 10, 2023. Pastor Victor Calimee was the eldest of eight children. Born to J.C. Calimee of Homer, Louisiana and Ethelene Durr of Prentiss, Mississippi. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and St. De LaSalle High School in Chicago IL.
After De LaSalle H.S. Victor went to live with his grandparents Robert and Hester Durr of Prentiss, MS where he attended J.E. Johnson H.S. Where he displayed great talent in the sports arena. He surpassed in every subject he undertook such as math, science, and sociology. Afterwards he attended Paul Quinn College in Waco, TX. There he earned a Master’s in Social Work while playing minor league baseball.
He was a natural youth leader. Later coming back to Chicago, he became a director at the Chicago Boys Club. He possessed a very high IQ. He was unique in every field he entered. He played pool, chess, baseball, basketball, and martial arts. Singing and creating music were two of his favorite past times. While in school he was one of the top debaters in college. He travelled around with his debate team, scoring countless victories. This skill would later be used in preaching. He was a great orator.
Victor’s love of the bible was also awe-inspiring. He knew and understood the heart of God. It was once said of him that Vic believes what is written in the bible; if it’s in there he believes it and lives by it. He also established an electrical and construction business call Light Electric in Joliet, IL. His hard work and fair prices earned him a very loyal customer base with fellow contractors until his health failed him in 2020.
Victor walked as a living epistle who was read by thousands of people. He is survived by one daughter Tonika Rutledge-Whisenton (Aaron) and two grandchildren (Daniel & Camillle) of Mendota, IL. that he loved more than life itself. This obituary is a humble attempt to capture only a few of the highlights of this great man whose life reflected the meaning of his name. The name Victor means a mighty warrior and conqueror.
He leaves behind his sister Vivian Foster (Wayne) of Sacramento, CA., brother John Calimee (Rich) of Dekalb, IL., brother Cecil Calimee of Moreno, CA., brother Gerald Calimee of Harvey, IL., and brother Pastor Vincent Calimee of Virginia. Proceeded in death: brothers Martin Calimee (Wanda) and Raun Calimee. He also leaves behind a multitude of cousins, nieces and nephews, business partners, Classmates in Mississippi and Texas as well as precious close clergy associates.
Humbly and faithfully submitted by VOC ministries international incorporated
A celebration of Victor's life will be held at a later date.
Poem by Wayne Foster
Our branch is fallen from the family tree
I always hear your voice saying
“Whatcha gotta a taste for? I want to eat.”
We all remember so good, so bad, so happy, so sad
But everything was actually the bon bon vie
It was a good life for you and me
We were laughing with dancing while singing your
Favorite song “Return of the Mack.”
Brings back all those old school memories
The life you lived was so strong
For your family, friends, is where it belonged
You helped so many people
Old and young
Now you’ve gone home to be with my Lord
I know you miss me as I miss you
As I smile the sun shines in the spirit
I am with you always and forever
So, keep your chin up our day together has come to pass
We’re all winners in this game of life
Eternity in life is slowly moving fast
Until we speak always stay blessed