Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home - Gainesville
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Gainesville, TX 76240

Robert Joseph "Bob" Kalina

1924 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Robert Joseph "Bob" Kalina Obituary
Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert "Bob" Joseph Kalina, 90, of Lake Kiowa and Euless, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Fort Worth, surrounded by his family. Memorial service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Gainesville First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Don Yeager officiating. Interment: Burial with full military honors will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas. Visitation: Viewing with a reception for friends and family will be 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Geo. J. Carroll & Son Funeral Home in Gainesville. Memorials: Contributions may be made to Cooke County Meals on Wheels or the Medal of Honor Host City Program, 200 S. Rusk, Gainesville, Texas 76240. Bob Kalina was born April 20, 1924, in Table Rock, Neb., to Joe and Vincie Kalina. He joined the Army Air Corps after high school graduation and served his country with distinction during World War II, retiring from the military in 1967 after 23 years of service. During his illustrious career, he graduated from the University of Alabama, flew secret missions as part of Strategic Air Command in Canada, taught ROTC at Florida State University and was an instructor at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base. His decorations and citations include the American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army of Occupation Medal with Japan Clasp, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. After retiring from military service, he moved his family to Euless to work for American Airlines. He began as a flight instructor for the Boeing 707 and after 19 years of dedicated service he retired again as the manager for all of the Boeing equipment and supervised American Airlines' training manuals for the 757 and 767. After his second retirement, he moved to Lake Kiowa near Gainesville, where he was in the local homeowners' association and various other clubs. He served on many local boards including Home Hospice of Cooke County, Cooke County Meals on Wheels and the Cooke County Republican Party. He was actively involved in many local charitable, community, church and political affairs. Bob was known for his generous, outgoing personality and made many lasting friendships throughout his life in the military, at American Airlines and Lake Kiowa. He never met a stranger. His sense of humor was joyous and contagious, and he always had a story to delight both young and old. He was an avid golfer and fisherman, having introduced his children and grandchildren to the sport he so loved. He was always an active individual and frequently outpaced those much younger than himself. Everyone who knew him mourns his loss. Bob Kalina was just as steadfast in his personal life as his career. He married Joyce "Joy" Valerie Menzies on March 22, 1947. Joy was from Australia, and they met when Bob was serving in Australia after the war. Joy was his faithful wife until her death in 1996. Later Bob married Sara Rippy of Gainesville, who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his sisters, Evelyn, Alyce and Florence; and his older brother, Arlan. Survivors: Brothers, John Marion Kalina and Vernon Kalina; his children, Janeen Karm (Rich) of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Arlan Kalina (Alessandra) of Haltom City, Robert J. Kalina II (Vicki) of Bedford and Kathy Davis of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Jennifer Lanning (Craig), S. Craig Whitney, Renee Whitney, Robert F. Kalina, Stephanie Kalina, Christine Palmer, Shelly Kalina, Elaine Kalina, Kerri Kalina and Ashley Davis; and great-grandchild, Elizabeth Lanning.
Published in Star-Telegram from Aug. 2 to Aug. 3, 2014
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