Michael J Kaelber was a 12-year senior from Kettle Falls High School. After graduating, he joined the Army where he had tour of duties in Germany and Vietnam. He earned many medals, including the Bronze Star. During his tours, he came in contact with Agent Orange which led to two battles with cancer. The last one ending his life. Mike married Peggy Petrie in 1968 and they had two children, Troy (Sherry) and Heather. Mike made his living as a logger doing many different jobs, from running cat to driving trucks. He began his logging career with Laurence Tarbert and ending it with Larry Tarbert. After retiring, Mike could be found at any and all of the local watering holes from Twin Lakes Tavern, Orient Bar, to Ralph's and TJ's Taverns. He spent MANY hours telling logging and colorful stories with fellow loggers and friends. Troy and Heather invite you to join them to share stories, celebrate his life, and have one last beer with him on Aug. 28th, 1 to 3 p.m. at Ralph's Tavern.
Published by The Statesman Examiner from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25, 2021.
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My deepest sympathies during this difficult time. It is never easy to lose a loved one. I wish you comfort and peace during this difficult time.
August 27, 2021
My deepest sympathies to the family. Even though you don´t know me I would like to share a memory that I have of my dear friend Mike.
I attended Kettle Falls junior high and freshman year as a classmate and always wished to meet up with my old friend but never connected. We began our friendship as rubber band shooting and hopefully not to be caught by teachers, this was taught me by by Mike and our friend Benny Denny. And nothing the two of them wouldn´t influence me into doing me being a tomboy raised in NE Oregon when my family moved to Kettle Falls in a family venture as owners of then what was known as Singer´s Junction.
The stories to share are many, hope to attend the celebration at Ralph´s on the 28th. My condolences Jean Sublie
Jean Snyder Sublie
August 26, 2021
Heather, Troy and families. I am so sorry for your loss. I do not believe I knew your father, but man he sounds like a character. We are never ready to say goodbye to our parents, but they live on in who we are.
August 25, 2021
with special memories of you,RIP Mike.
Bill & Ina Jo Philpott
August 25, 2021
Rest in peace Mike and thank you for your service.