Allan J. Kalies, age 86, of Brillion, died peacefully at home on May 7, 2014, with family by his side. He was born October 29, 1927 in rural Brillion, son of the late Ervin and Minnie (Pfluger) Kalies. He attended St Mary's Catholic School and then graduated from Brillion High School, class of 1945. Allan served our country in the United States Navy from fall of 1945 to 1949. He served during World War II on four different ships; the U.S.S. Anderson DD411 (which was sunk during Atom bomb testing), the U.S.S. Whiting, the U.S.S. Pusohme, and the U.S.S. Pakana. He met his wife of 65 years, Gloria (Roberts) Kalies on a blind date while stationed in San Francisco, and they returned to Brillion and were married on January 20, 1949. She preceded him in death in April of this year. Allan and Gloria lived and raised nine children in the Brillion area. Allan managed Krueger Brothers Feed Mill for 5 years in Forest, Junction, then worked for the Brillion Dairy as a route man, and finally worked at the Brillion Post Office until his retirement in 1985. He and his wife Gloria also owned and operated Spring Creek Landscaping in Brillion for 22 years. Allan was a member of the Brillion American Legion Post 126, the Brillion Lions Club, and in the past, the Rough Riders. He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family.
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Survivors include his nine children: Valerie Kalies of Brillion, Kathy Koffarnus of Kaukauna, Gary (Bev) Kalies of Reedsville, David (Debbie) Kalies of Brillion, Diane Mulvihill of Appleton, Jeffrey (Linda) Kalies of Brillion, Thomas Kalies (Special friend Lori Jahnke) of Askeaton, Stephen (Shelia) Kalies of Reedsville, and Robert (Amy) Kalies of Brillion; 29 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 10 great- great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jane Kalies of Taus, Shirley Kalies of Kaukauna, Ruby McFarland of Middleton, ID, Donna Roberts of Nevada, and Keith (Sylvia) Roberts of Sacramento, CA. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive. He was proceeded in death by his wife, Gloria, his parents, Ervin and Minnie Kalies, brothers, Gerald Kalies and Donald Kalies, sons-in-law, Stephen Mulvihill and Steven Koffarnus, grandchildren, Donald Schisel and Amber Doughty, mother-in-law, Elsie I. (Wilber) King, father-in-law, Martin P. Roberts Sr., and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martin P. Roberts Jr., John McFarland, Jewel Roberts, Opal (Earl) Miller.
Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. Mass of Christian Burial will be officiated by Rev. Timothy Brandt and Deacon Steve Letournoux. Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion. Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, Brillion.
Friends may call at the church on Sunday evening, May 13, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. A prayer service will be led by Rita Heraly to conclude the visitation. The visitation will continue on Monday, also at church, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Unity Hospice for all of their care and kindness shown toward both Allan and family. Also, they would like to thank Father Timothy and Deacon Steve for their visits and prayers.
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Brillion, WI 54110
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from May 9 to May 10, 2014