Lester Kalk was an avid sports fan, always willing to discuss his beloved Chicago teams, said his son, Rick Kalk.
“He loved to talk Chicago sports. Especially how he had been alive to see all the professional teams win one or more championships, except for the one team he did not care for, the Cubbies,” Rick Kalk said.
Lester E. Kalk, 85, of St. John and formerly of Calumet City, Ill., died Sept. 21. He worked 29 years for Union Carbide, Linde Division, retiring at age 55.
He was a Navy veteran and had served on the USS Spokane and the USS Montaque as a seaman first class.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Shirley Kalk, in 1998.
“After Mom passed, hardly a day went by that Dad didn’t comment about how much he missed his lady,” Rick Kalk said.
As a young man, he played a lot of baseball and loved the Chicago White Sox. His favorite player was first baseman Joe Kuhel.
“Rumor has it he skipped more than a few days of school to attend his beloved Chicago White Sox games,” his son said.
He was an avid bowler and bowled on many different leagues in Calumet City.
Rick Kalk said his father always had a warm smile for everyone. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, supporting them in all their athletic events.
“Even if someone had a bad game, Dad would always have something positive to say to them to put a smile on their face,” he said. “I consider my dad the best role model a son could ask for because of his values, the examples he set and how he went about his life.”