James L. Kallas

EVART — James L. Kallas, 83, of Evart, passed away on Friday, April 1, 2016, in Reed City.

He was born on Aug. 20, 1932, in Evart, to Nicholas and Winifred (Clark) Kallas. James served his country as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in June of 1955. James owned Kallas Lawn Ornaments for 34 years and enjoyed being able to work with family. He looked forward to trying his luck at cards at the casino and liked fishing and hunting when he was able. James had a good sense of humor and was known for picking on people.

James is survived by his children, Terry Beemer and Janine (Howard) Bennett, and their families, both of Evart; 10 grandchildren; and numerous, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Alice Kallas; two daughters, Rhonda Stevens and Connie Beemer Adams; four brothers, “Hank” Henry, “Chick” William, “Blacky” Ephraim, and Peter; and three sisters, Donna Marrs, Lula Bissett and Betty Kallas.

A celebration of life and dinner will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Evart VFW Post No. 7979 (4681 85th Ave., Evart), where he was a lifelong member.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be welcomed to Heartland Hospice.

Share a memory online at daggettgilbertfuneralhome.com. Arrangements and care have been entrusted to the Daggett-Gilbert Funeral Home in Big Rapids.