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Ervin "Erv" Ralph Kallstrom

Erv Kallstrom, age 77, of Willmar and formerly of Kerkhoven, passed away Friday afternoon, Jan. 28, at Bethesda Grand in Willmar.


Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Salem Covenant Church near Pennock.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar and will continue for one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment with military honors will be later this spring in the Salem Covenant Church Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar.  www.petersonbrothers.com


Ervin (Erv) Ralph Kallstrom was born on October 23, 1944 in Graceville, Minnesota, the son of Ralph and Pearl (Sams) Kallstrom.  He grew up in Roberts County, South Dakota where he attended North Bryant country school through the 8th grade.


He then started attending Browns Valley High School and graduated in 1963.  During high school, Erv enjoyed football, wrestling and track.  He qualified for state tournaments in wrestling (2 years) and track.  He was State Wrestling Champion in 1963.


Upon graduation, he attended North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, North Dakota.  After one year, he transferred to Bemidji State University where he pursued his passion to become a teacher of Industrial Arts.  In 1966, he was drafted into the United States Army.  He was honorably discharged in 1968.  He then returned to Bemidji State University and graduated in 1970.


Erv became a teacher and coach at Hancock High School in Hancock, Minnesota; Warren High School in Warren, Minnesota; and KMS High School in Kerkhoven, Minnesota.  Erv was an active member of each community’s American Legion Post, Lion's Club and church.  He enjoyed doing carpentry work and building houses some of which were for Habitat for Humanity.  He also liked being available to help people.


Erv was united in marriage to Catherine (Cathie) Deyo on December 27, 1966 at the First Presbyterian Church in Browns Valley, Minnesota.  This union was blessed with 3 sons. 


Erv is survived by his wife, Cathie Kallstrom of Willmar; three sons, Todd (and Jenny) Kallstrom of Detroit Lakes; Bret Kallstrom of Fort Lauderdale, FL. and Chad (and Rochelle) Kallstrom of Kerkhoven; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Also surviving are two sisters, Janice Thompson of Sioux Falls, SD. and Linda Kallstrom of Rapid City, SD.; Brothers: Ronald (and Mary) Kallstrom of Sauk Centre, Calvin Kallstrom of Tucson, AZ., Dennis (and Muriel) Kallstrom of Rosholt, SD., and David (and Helen) Kallstrom of Cataldo, ID., besides other relatives and many friends..


Erv was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Roger Kallstrom; and his brother-in-law, Bob Thompson.


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I was very sad to hear about Mr. K's passing, he was my favorite teacher and a great coach, I had a lot of memories of him in the 80's as my shop teacher. He was always there to help and give advice and even though I haven't spoke to him in probably 15 years I always thought of him and wondered what he was up to, my condolences to the family and may we meet again someday

Wade Peterson Jun 6 2022 10:03 PM

The Summer of 1994 is one I'll never forget. Our family had the opportunity to build an addition onto our house with Erv.

It was a summer of learning new skills (and waking up very early as a teenager.) But once the work started, it was all jokes and smiles.

Erv had mentioned he typically misplaced his tool belt or a Makita drill a time or two, so we made that the running joke of the summer, and teased him lovingly…and often. He also received many a blood blister and we'd keep track by writing them on the chip board or sheet rock for posterity.

There were inside jokes, and coffee breaks, and sweaty brows. And if we didn't know what to do, Erv would demonstrate and then hand it over to us kids, just like he would in school shop class. Erv trusted us as capable employees of the work and we mastered the many saws and tools alongside him and our dad.

Erv's kind ways. His big smile after a clever joke. And that summer of building will live on in our hearts forever with his spirit.

Sending love and peace to you all in memory of such a wonderful man. ♥️

Tanya Weets Feb 6 2022 10:35 PM

Thank you coach for helping me become the person I am today.

Gene Fayette Feb 2 2022 7:41 PM

So sorry for your loss. When we were kids we spent a lot of time with his family. He was a special cousin.

Verna Kallstrom Ward. Feb 2 2022 5:13 PM

Erv was a wrestling teammate at BSU and friends through our coaching years. My sympathies to the family as he was a great friend and will be missed, but not forgotten.

Mike Niemczyk Feb 2 2022 11:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ervin "Erv" Kallstrom

Emmy Frederickson Feb 2 2022 9:54 AM

So sorry to hear of Erv's passing. He was a great coach and a great man.

Terry (Red) Erickson Feb 2 2022 5:25 AM

So very sorry to hear of his passing. I doubt that he knew what to do when Jill Anderson and I said we wanted to be wrestling managers but he figured it out and gave us a chance. I did it for four years! Deepest sympathies to the Kallstrom family who were always very good to me.

Laurie Rud Feb 1 2022 11:17 PM

We are so sorry to hear about Erv's passing. We shared good years with him, Cathie, and the boys in Warren.

Rita and Jerry Dalzell Feb 1 2022 10:06 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Ervin "Erv" Kallstrom

Gladwin Lynne Feb 1 2022 7:51 PM

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