ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. - Senior Master Sgt. Blaine A. Kallgren, retired, 84, died June 29, 2013, at Gulfside Regional Hospice, Zephyrhills, Fla., after a long and fulfilling life. He was born Nov. 9, 1928, in Guilford, to Byron and Doris (Chamberlain) Kallgren.
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He graduated from Guilford High School in 1947. He attended Husson College and enlisted in the Maine Air National Guard in 1948, converted to the regular U.S Air Force in February 1952, and served his country for 24 years. He was an honor graduate of the MAC NCO Academy and served tours throughout the United States, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation with four clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal, and several campaign medals. After retirement in 1973, he joined the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1981. He then traveled the country for three years, visiting friends and family, making stops in all 50 states. He settled in Zephyrhills, Fla., where he served several years as a volunteer at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. He was a 62-year member of Mount Kineo Masonic Lodge, Guilford, a member of Egypt Shrine Center of Tampa, and First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years and high school sweetheart, Sylvia (Smart) Kallgren of Zephyrhills, Fla.; three children, Karen Payne and husband, Charles Fuqua, of Zephyrhills, Fla., Cheryl Boland and husband, Greg, of Punta Gorda, Fla., and David Kallgren and wife, Annette, of Rochester, N.H.; grandchildren, Robert Blaine Weston and wife, Lisa, Dagney Weston, Jacob Kallgren, and Megan Kallgren; great-granddaughter, Viola Calverley; two brothers and their wives, Robert and Marion Kallgren of Enfield and Kenneth and Lois Kallgren of Marlotte, Mich.; and numerous other loved family members and friends.
At Blaine's request, there will be no services. Those who wish are invited to make memorials in his name to Gulfside Regional Hospice, 6117 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, FL 34653 or online at www.grhospice.org/giving.
Published in BDN Maine on July 1, 2013