Daniel Funeral Homes

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Harvey Joseph Kalla – Obituary

Name: Harvey Joseph Kalla

Age: 90

Born: 05-02-1930

Died: 05-15-2020

Harvey Joseph Kalla, who turned 90 on May 2, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 15, 2020. He is survived by his children, Joseph (Bonnie) Kalla, Kathryn (Peter) Bahe, Mark (Christine) Kalla and Chris (Nancy) Kalla; brother, LeRoy (Betty) Kalla and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Kalla (Kirchner); daughters, Mary (Ron) Becker and Amy (John) Kline; grandson, Jesse Raden; and siblings, Claude Kalla and Beatrice (Leo) Pundsack.

Harvey was born in Rubgy, North Dakota to Joseph and Susan (Dufner) Kalla. He spent most of his life in Waite Park. In his youth he was in the Boy Scouts and did many odd jobs to help his Depression Era family. For 44 years, he worked as a Carman Welder for Great Northern and Burlington Northern Railways. He was a volunteer fireman and also volunteered for 15 years for Meals on Wheels. He was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waite Park, where he operated the bowling alley underneath the grade school. He hired and trained kids to spot pins for seven cents a line on manual pin setting machines. He also accepted the parish’s request for families to house a student, Jude Gomez from Bangladesh, while he attended St. Cloud State University. Harvey was also very proud of his German Heritage and enjoyed visiting and hosting German relatives.

Harvey was an avid fisherman, hunter, baseball, softball and mushball player, and bowler. He was a competitive card player, particularly when playing Euchre and Skat. As he grew older, he enjoyed golfing, bird watching and woodworking. His many woodworking carvings, toys, furniture and plaques are treasured by his family.

A private service will be held for the family, with a celebration of life at a later date.

A special thank you to Dr. Nardi and Dr. Al Khatib as well as to Centra Care Home Hospice for their loving and compassionate care of Harvey.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Mary Lou Kalla Foundation.

Guestbook for Harvey Joseph Kalla

Kitty Bahe
, daughter
May 23, 2020, 3:59 pm
The address for the Mary Lou Kalla Foundation is 13111 Bellevue Street Silver Spring, MD 20904 Thanks Rick
Rose Kruger-Fuchs Family
, Friends of family.
May 22, 2020, 3:25 pm
Dear Kitty and family, We were so sorry to hear of your dad and grandpa's passing. Sending you much love, and big hugs.
Rick Saatzer
, friend
May 20, 2020, 6:50 pm
I am so sorry. I am trying to figure where your mom/s foundation is so I can give to it. St. Joeseph's Church? Thanks and you all are in my prayers.
Kathy kunesh Larson
, daughter's classmate
May 20, 2020, 10:58 am
Kitty and family, heartfelt condolences. May you have many happy memories to bring you comfort and peace. Eternal rest grant onto him, o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Sending virtual hug, and many prayers.
Ken and Jill Bauer
, Friend
May 20, 2020, 1:46 am
Our condolences to the Kalla families – always enjoyed seeing Harvey – I remember when counting parish collections with him years back and if we didn’t balance and I wanted to check why we were off, he always said it was good enough…  Also memories from the fire department when he and Bauer were members. Harvey was a fun man to tease and always had a smile. Enjoy the memories!
May 19, 2020, 5:32 pm
My thoughts are with Harvey’s family. I only hope to share just a little comfort. The promise at Revelation 21:3,4 that God will end death and we will see our loved ones in the future. "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”
Dick Parsons
, Friend and coworker
May 19, 2020, 4:34 pm
What a great guy. He was a fun guy and always funny I’m sure he will be missed by all our deepest sympathy and condolences. Diane and Dick Parsons
Tom Ramler
, Friend
May 19, 2020, 1:16 am
My Sympathy to the family, I have many great memories at Angushire golf course with Harvey and all the railroad retires.
David and Melody Steffes
, Friend
May 18, 2020, 7:54 pm
You all have our Deepest Sympathy he was a wonderful Man. All ways had a Smile. May you all find comfort in knowing you have many caring Friends.

Sign Guestbook

 Make my entry private