Robert "Bob" Kallesen - Brookings

Dec. 20, 1938 - June 15, 2022

Robert "Bob" Kallesen, 83 of Brookings, SD died Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at the United Living Community in Brookings, SD. Robert Aruthur Kallesen was born in Woonsocket, SD on Dece. 20, 1938.  Art and Millie (Pickering) Kallesen of Arlington, SD adopted him August 21, 1939. Bob was the Kallesen's only child and they doted on him. From an early age he was interested in music and it was always central in his life.  He took piano lessons many years.  In Arlington High School and after graduating in 1957, he accompanied many students at music contests. Bob studied piano turning at Western Iowa Technical Community College, his parents helped him repair and refinish piano's to resell until he started janitorial work for the Arlington Schools.  He always enjoyed opportunities to accompany students and playing for community events. Included in life high lights was being a Godparent to Beth (Groon) Fonseca, J. Bryan Pedersen, Jo Lynn (Pedersen) Rowbotham and Lisa Steenson, being parade marshall during Arlington Days and celebrating 60 years as organist at Trinity Lutheran Church. When time and finances permitted, Bob delighted in traveling, bowling, watching sports, especially the Twins He is survived by several cousins and their families.   He is preceded in death by his parents, aunts, uncles and several cousins. Funeral services for Mr. Kallesen will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday June 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arlington, with burial in the Arlington City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, June 19,  at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington.  In lieu of flowers please give memorial to Trinity Lutheran Church, Arlington, SD.


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