December 13, 2022 at 7:45 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon for Ronald J. Kalla, 79, of Avon, who passed away, surrounded by family and friends, Dec. 6, 2022, at the St. Cloud V.A. Medical Center. The Rev. Gregory Miller, OSB, will officiate. Burial of the urn, with full military honors, will be at 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 19, at the St. Benedict’s Parish Cemetery in Avon. Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the time of the service Dec. 17 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon.
Ron was born Oct. 27, 1943, to Peter and Rebecca (Emmel) Kalla in St. Cloud. He grew up on the family farm in Albany and graduated from Albany High School. He honorably served his country in the United States Army as a paratrooper during the Vietnam War from 1965-67. After he returned home, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Cheryl A. Reinke, Aug. 31, 1968, at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Avon. Ron held various jobs throughout his life working in construction at Schmitt Labs and for the city of St. Cloud maintenance department.
Ron was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed going hunting, fishing, trapping and canning pickles. He was a jack-of-all-trades and enjoyed helping others in their time of need. He will be remembered for his quick wit, good sense of humor and his commitment to “seeing things through.”
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Cheri; children Troy (Heather) of Albany and Stacy Kalla of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brother Donnie (Marlene) of Clearwater; sister Joan Anastasia of the Twin Cities; sisters-in-law Enid of the Twin Cities and Mary Ann of St. Cloud; special cousin Ricky Wallace; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughters Aaliyah and Alexis Kalla; and siblings Floyd, Dale (Carol) and Gerald.
A special thank you to the staff of the St. Cloud V.A. Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care of Ron.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the CentraCare Coborn Cancer Center.