Howard Lyle “Lefty” Kaler, 86, of St. Cloud passed away September 3, 2017 at the VA Medical Center in St. Cloud.
Memorial services were held Sept. 7 at the Daniel Funeral Home Chapel in St. Cloud with Reverend John Gabrielson of Atonement Lutheran officiating.
Arrangements were with the Daniel Funeral Home.
Entombment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls with full military honors.
Lefty was born on January 8, 1931 in Staples to Howard and Tress (Wold) Kaler and graduated from Staples High School. He married Ina Mae Fiskum on December 27, 1952 in Wadena. Lefty served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955. He was stationed in Tucson, Arizona and Fairbanks, Alaska. He was employed by Burlington Northern Railroad as an engineer, retiring after 42 years. He was a member of Bluebird Recovery, NARVE, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers and the Staples V.F.W.
Lefty enjoyed traveling, fishing, hunting, golfing, various sports, building nesting boxes for bluebirds in his retirement. He placed bluebird houses on golf courses, walking areas and around Whitney Center Park in St Cloud. He treasured spending time with his family. He enjoyed spending time at the lake home and winters in Arizona. He was a fan of the “Old” Country Music.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years; two sons, Greg (Bev) of St. Cloud and Curt (Patti) of Lakeville; four grandchildren, Josh, Amanda, Daniel and Krista and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Jean (Doug) Stevenson and Pat (Phil) Weiland.