Ed KallioEd Kallio, an inspirational father, loving husband, and silly grand and great-grandfather, left us quickly on Oct. 18, surrounded by his family.
Ed Kallio, an inspirational father, loving husband, and silly grand and great-grandfather, left us quickly on Oct. 18, surrounded by his family.
He entered this world on Feb. 16, 1925 in the family sauna in Max, Minn. Emil and Tynne Kallio were the proud parents.
He grew up in the woods, hunting, fishing, and appreciating the great outdoors. He attended a one-room school house in Max through eighth grade. From ninth through 12th grade he and his best buddy, Gene Hendrickson, lived in an apartment in Grand Rapids and attended Grand Rapids High School.
After graduation, he joined the army where he was a motor messenger in World War II, delivering top secret and priority messages from army headquarters to units in combat, often behind enemy lines. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he attended the University of Minnesota where he received a degree in Forest Management. During his many years of working with the National Forest Service, he was responsible for protecting the forests and planting thousands of trees that are still standing as a reminder of his work. He then moved to Carbondale, Ill., where he received a degree in Forestry Economics and taught at the University. In 1969, he moved to Duluth and became the Director of the North Central Forest Experiment Station on the UMD campus, where his mission was to use forest resources to improve the economic and social well-being of people in the North Central United States. After retiring from the Forest Service, he co-created and co-owned Explorations Toy Store, which fit his personality as a big kid at heart.
Ed loved hunting with his friends and son, Jeff Kallio, fishing, hiking in the woods, working on the 1946 Ford Coupe, and being with his family. He was a devoted, caring, and fun dad who loved playing with his children and telling them stories about World War II, taking them for walks, giving them driving lessons, teaching them life lessons (such as it is not a good idea to drive through the garage door), and always encouraging them. One of his greatest joys he had was to play and rile up his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who could do no wrong in his eyes.
The greatest love of his life for the past 25 years was his wife Donna Kallio. They traveled throughout the world together, prayed and volunteered together at Gloria Dei Lutheran church, spent winters in Texas, and enjoyed their many friends and family.
Some of the community activities he was involved in include being an active member and President of the Kiwanis, Boy Scout leader and member of the Board, Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy, founding member of the Antique Doll Club, Gloria Dei Church Council member and president, as well as volunteering for the Salvation Army, Garden Club, Beargrease, and St. Louis Historical Society.
Ed is now with his beloved son, Jeff Kallio, who died three years ago. He is also preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Kallio; his parents Emil and Tynne Kallio; his sisters Nellie and Irene; and brother Eino.
Ed is survived by his devoted wife, Donna Kallio; his sister, Viola Mattila; daughter, Stephanie (Jim) Heilig; daughter-in-law, Chris (Jeff) Kallio; stepson, Alan (Liz) Schiefelbein; stepdaughter, Dawn (Dan) Leitner; grandchildren, Amy Samuel, Jeff Kallio, Jason Heilig, Sergeant Matt Kallio, Amy and Marie Sorensen, Durc Sprouse; and step grandchildren, Jeremy, Troy, Aaron, Ian, David, Daniel, Megan Schiefelbein, Leah Thomas, Eric and Matt Leitner; plus his precious 14 great-grandchildren.
His sweet nature, kind heart, mischievous smile, and wacky sense of humor will be much missed but never forgotten!
CELEBRATION OF LIFE: The family invites you to celebrate Ed's 88 years on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6th Ave. E. and 3rd Street. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m.; service will be at 2 p.m., followed by the honor guard and a lunch. Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home. Military Honors will be Accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard. To leave an online condolence see www.sunrisefuneralhomeandcemetery.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to CHUM or Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.