William R. “Bill” Calvert, 61, Salina, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at the Salina Regional Health Center.

He was born June 2, 1954, in Hays to Cecil Calvert Jr. and Betty E. (Deutscher) Calvert. He attended Fort Hays State University and then the University of Kansas, receiving his bachelor’s in journalism in 1976. In 1986, he received his bachelor of business administration degree in business and finance from FHSU.

He was a reporter for Garden City Telegram, worked for Deutscher Farms in Ellis and Turney Roofing in Hays, was newsletter editor and president of Ellis County Environmental Awareness, Inc., was the literature production supervisor for Agri-Nomic Supply Company and was a writer for Kansas Farmer Magazine. He also was a student reporter on the University Daily Kansan and an intern reporter for the Ellis County Star in Hays.

He was active in the Boy Scouts of America and First United Methodist Church, Hays.

He enjoyed hunting, camping, canoeing, photography, writing and was a voracious reader.

Survivors include his mother, Hays; a sister, Kathryn Calvert, Wichita; and six cousins, Chris, Craig, and Kim Gibson and Mike Mason, Barbara Krause, and Chuck Giese.

He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Calvert, Jr. in 1968.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church, 305 W. 7th, Hays KS, 67601; burial in Mount Allen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Monday at the church. Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, or American Diabetes Association, 608 West Douglas Avenue/Suite 100/Wichita, KS, 67203, in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays, KS, 67601. Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.