KALLGREN, Blaine A., SMSgt (retired), 84 of Zephyrhills, died June 29, 2013, at Gulfside Regional Hospice after a long and fulfilling life. He was born November 9, 1928, in Guilford, Maine, to Byron and Doris (Chamberlain) Kallgren and graduated from Guilford High School in 1947. He enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard in 1948, converted to the regular Air Force in 1952, and served his country for 24 years. He was an honor graduate of the MAC NCO Academy and served tours throughout the US and in Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, AF Commendation with four clusters, AF Achievement Medal, and several campaign medals. After retirement in 1973, he joined the US Postal Service, retiring in 1981. He settled in Zephyrhills where he volunteered at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. He was a 62 year member of the Mount Kineo Masonic Lodge in Guilford, ME, a member of Egypt Shrine Center of Tampa, and First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, his high school sweetheart, Sylvia (Smart) Kallgren; three children, Karen Payne and husband Charles Fuqua of Zephyrhills; Cheryl Boland and husband Greg of Punta Gorda, FL; David Kallgren and wife Annette of Rochester, NH; grandchildren Robert Blaine Weston and wife Lisa, Dagney Weston, Jacob Kallgren, Megan Kallgren, and great-granddaughter Viola Calverley; two brothers and their wives, Robert and Marion Kallgren of Enfield, ME, and Kenneth and Lois Kallgren of Marlette, MI; and numerous other loved family members and friends. At Blaine's request, there will be no services. Those who wish are invited to make memorials in his name to Gulfside Regional Hospice, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653 or online http://www.grhospice.org/giving.
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Published in TBO.com on July 3, 2013