Born 12-11-1915-- Died 10-15-2004
Mathias (Mat) John Kallestad, 88, who was a resident at Parkside Meadows Retirement Community in St. Charles, Mo., since 2003, died Oct. 15, 2004, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He was a former resident of Cherokee Village.
Born Dec. 11, 1915, in Rodman, Iowa, he was the oldest of six children. After marrying Lila Mayer in 1940, the couple lived in Marshalltown, Iowa, where Kallestad sold insurance for the Fidelity Life Association for many years. During their retirement years, the Kallestads enjoyed living in Cherokee Village. Upon Lila's death in Feb. of 2003, Kallestad moved to St. Charles to be near his son, Paul, and family.
He was a 50-year member of Lions Club International and was active in the Boy Scouts of America and his church.
Survivors include his son, Paul, and his wife, Liz Kallestad; three granddaughters -- Kristi, Katie (Mrs. Dan) Emrick and Kendra; a great-grandson, Samuel Paul Emrick; two brothers -- Oscar and Harold; and two sisters -- Orvilla Pils and Esther Lariviere.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila, and a sister, Mildred Darrah.
A memorial service was held at Parkside Meadows, building 3 in the auditorium on Oct. 19.