The Obit For Ken Kallenberg

Kenneth A. Kallenberg

Published in Bangor Daily News on August 19, 2011

CALAIS - Kenneth A. Kallenberg, 93, passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Maine Veterans Home, Machias.

Kenneth was born April 27, 1918, in Calais, son of the late Karl and Elsie (Crabbe) Kallenberg.

In his youth, Ken was a well known, local athlete and an enthusiastic advocate of outdoor activities. He was an honoree of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. At the onset of World War II, he was forced to give up a promising career in major league baseball with the New York Giants organization.

An Army veteran, he served in the Pacific as a staff sergeant squad leader with the 103rd Infantry, 43rd Division in Guadal Canal, New Georgia, New Guinea and the Philippines. During this period, he was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of Boyd Smith Post American Legion of Calais and Brewer Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

After the war, Ken returned home to Calais where he had a long and rewarding career with the U.S. Postal Service in Calais, retiring in 1972.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Edythe (Runtagh) Kallenberg; and two sisters, Hilda Bernier and Marion Pignatelli. Surviving are his daughter, Joan Talbot of Milbridge; two grandsons, Matthew Talbot and his wife, Nicole, of Rockland, and Morgan Talbot and his wife, Ariel, of Salem, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Jacob Talbot of Rockland; a sister, Nellie Russell of Calais; numerous nieces and nephews.

At Ken's request there will be no visiting hours or public service. A private graveside service for family will be held at Calais Cemetery.

Donations in Ken's memory may be made to Maine Veterans Home, 32 Veterans Drive, Machias, ME 04654 or a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport.

Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.