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Edwin Kalina


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Edwin Kalina Obituary
Edwin C. Kalina
July 18, 1916 - September 22, 2012
Resident of Santa Cruz
LTC (US Army, Retired) Edwin Cyril Kalina, 96, went home with the Lord September 22, 2012. He was born on July 18, 1916, to Cyril and Marie Kalina (nee Jelinek) in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. After graduation from Plattsmouth High School, Ed enlisted in the Civilian Conservation, then continued his education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, joining the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He received his commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States Army in 1940. During World War II, Ed was assigned to the 105th Regiment, 27th Division, seeing combat in the Pacific as the executive officer of Heavy Weapons Companies H and M. Ed retired at the rank of lieutenant colonel after a 30-year, distinguished career. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Korea. He received numerous other citations and commendations arising from military advisor postings in Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, and service as Inspector General at Fort Ord, CA.
In March, 1942, Ed married Anna Margaret McCarty, also of Plattsmouth, NE. Following Ed's retirement from the Army, they settled in Santa Cruz, CA, where he worked as a Desk Officer for the Santa Cruz Sheriff's Officer, 1969 to 1976. They were active in the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA), The West Coast Orion Gallivanters, and volunteered with the American Red Cross and the Veteran Affairs Office.
Ed and Ann had been married 55 years at the time of her death in 1997. They are survived by their two daughters and their families - Marcia McGlochlin and husband, Bruce, of Tomales, CA; and Janice Freeman, husband Tom, their daughter Kalina Cover, husband Jim, and daughters Alyssa and Kate, all of Modesto; and their son, Erik Freeman, wife Michelle, and daughter Brooke, of Katy, Texas.
Those privileged to know Ed remember his wit, his delight in hearing and telling good stories, and his unfailingly loving, generous heart. Above all, Ed will be remembered for the open demonstrative affection he lavished on his loved ones. He truly had a servant's heart, and "The Colonel" was always a ready pair of able hands.
The family would like to thank the special people in Santa Cruz who helped care for Ed in his later years - Friends Yvonne and Lou Schlumbrecht, Sharole Atley, and the staff and caregivers of LifeSpan. A memorial service celebrating Ed's life will be held Dec. 14, 2:00 pm, at the Oakwood Chapel, Oakwood Memorial Park, Santa Cruz, CA.
A legacy that appropriately reflects Ed's character is the Anna M. Kalina Memorial Scholarship. Acknowledging the influential role ROTC had in his life, he instituted this annual scholarship to be awarded to an outstanding graduate of the Ripon High School JROTC unit, Ripon, CA, who is enrolling in an accredited university with plans to serve in the Armed Forces following graduation. Remembrances may be made to fund the JROTC scholarship, renamed the LTC (USA) Edwin and Anna Kalina Memorial Scholarship, c/o Santa Cruz Chapter, MOAA, Scholarship Committee, Box 1011, Santa Cruz, CA 95061.

Oakwood Chapel,
Oakwood Memorial Park, Santa Cruz.

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Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Nov. 10, 2012
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