Robert's Story

ABBOT AND W.ENFIELD - Robert Burton Kallgren, 83, died October 4, 2014, at the Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln. He was born March 4, 1931, at the Guilford Hospital, the son of Byron and Doris (Chamberlain) Kallgren.

Bob graduated in 1949, the last class to graduate from Guilford High School, later known as PCHS. He was hired at the Guilford Post Office right out of school and worked there for 5 years, with time out for the Korean War. He married his high school sweetheart, Marion Richards in 1951. Bob left the post office in 1955 to work for New England Telephone in Dover-Foxcroft. Three years later he transferred to Presque Isle, later to Millinocket, and then to Bangor. In 1977 he was transferred to Dover-Foxcroft as Supervisor of Installation and Repair for Piscataquis County, retiring in 1985 after 30 years. After retirement Bob had to be busy, so he took a job with Hardwood Products Co. in Guilford, doing maintenance and telephone work. He also served as a selectman for the town of Abbot for 25 years. Bob loved the outdoors, which included hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and camping. He especially enjoyed the family camp on Whetstone Pond. He loved to fly and had his pilot's license. He belonged to the IOOF, the American Legion Post #119, the Telephone Pioneers, Big Pine Riders Snowmobile Club of Abbot and the Whetstone Pond Association. He was always trimming and grooming the trails for the Snowmobile club. In 2012 the club gave him a life time membership.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marion (Richards) Kallgren of W. Enfield; 3 children, Stuart Kallgren and his fiancée, Susan Dunham of West Enfield, Kathleen Pulkkinen, and her husband, Lance of Abbot, and Bruce Kallgren and his wife, Sally of Guilford; a brother, Kenneth Kallgren and his wife, Lois of Michigan; 2 grandchildren, Kalli Pulkkinen and her partner, Kendall Jipson of Carmel, and Kyle Pulkkinen and his partner, Lauren Allard and their son, Jackson, all of Bangor; a sister in law, Sylvia Kallgren of FL; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Blaine.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Blanchard Cemetery in Abbot, followed by a celebration of his life at the home he built on 109 Pond Road in Abbot. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Town of Abbot, P.O. Box 120, Abbot, ME 04406, for a scholarship for higher education; or to Pine Tree Hospice, 883 W. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426; or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. For an online guest register, go to
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