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