Lyle E. Kallstrom, 88, Abbotsford, died unexpectedly Sunday, June 2, 2019.
The youngest of three sons, he was born in Barron County to Oscar and Leah (Smith) Eide on April 11, 1931. Lyle was three when his father died. When his mother remarried years later, Lyle was adopted by his stepfather Eric William Kallstrom.
Lyle graduated from Glen Flora High School in 1949. He worked at the local sash and door plant until enlisting in the Marine Corps. He served in Korea from 1952-53. Upon returning, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, UW-La Crosse and University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. While in dental school he married Mary Ann Krisik on June 2, 1956 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Tony. After graduating in 1960, they moved to Cameron. The following year they moved to Abbotsford where they established and operated a dental practice for over 30 years. Upon retirement, they built a cabin on the Flambeau River. He thrived on the physical labor required to maintain the land around the cabin. It became their favorite place in the world. There Lyle shared his love of nature, hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren.
Lyle was a voracious reader of history and loved to study maps. His children and grandchildren enjoyed listening to his stories about growing up during the Great Depression. After retirement, Lyle wrote and published a book about his family history titled, “Letters from the Heart.” He wrote under the pen name Twist Eide in honor of his oldest brother Allen “Twist” who died in World War II. Lyle was a great joke teller and possessed an endless repertoire of jokes that kept his family laughing. He loved playing cribbage, win or lose, and counted everyone’s points before they could.
Lyle was humble and believed in honesty and hard work. He generously gave his time to help his children and grandchildren and never wanted to be a burden.
He is survived by his children, William (Lois) Kallstrom, David (Laurie) Kallstrom, Nancy (Robert) Nikolay, Sandra Kallstrom and Carol (Sean) Brown; grandchildren, Clara and Matthew Kallstrom, Nicholas (Paige) Kallstrom, Allison (Curtis) Jones, Lucas (Elizabeth) Kallstrom, Kyle and Connor Nikolay, and Kathryn Hulce and great-grandchildren Mya and Sawyer Niemuth, Cora and Margo Kallstrom, and Tess and Baby Jones on the way. He is also survived by many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Mary Ann in September 2015; his father, Oscar Eide; his stepfather, Eric Kallstrom; mother, Leah Kallstrom and brothers, Allen and Loren Kallstrom.
Following Lyle’s wishes, a private service will be held.
Memorials may be made to Aspirus Health Foundation — Mary Ann and Lyle Kallstrom Family Room at Aspirus Family House, 425 Pine Ridge Boulevard, Wausau 54401 or www.aspirus.org/Aspirus-health-foundation. Lyle established this fund after the death of Mary Ann to support cancer patients traveling long distances for treatment.
Until we meet again, we will hold Lyle in our hearts and cribbage cards in our hands.
Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting with the arrangements. For online condolences, visit www.HonorOne.com.