Gordon Frank Kalk, 88, passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2012, in Juneau, Alaska, surrounded by his family.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, April 6, 2012, in the First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Dave Olson officiating.
Interment will take place in Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Gordon was born April 29, 1923, in Sandpoint, Idaho, first child to Mary and Albert Kalk.
He had three siblings, Billy and Helen, who died in childhood; and Margaret Phillips, who survives him.
He grew up during the depression helping his father run a fox farm in Sandpoint.
After graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1941, he served in World War II fighting in the Battle of Leyte at the beginning of the operations to liberate the Philippines.
He returned to Idaho where he went to the University of Idaho on the GI bill majoring in forestry
Shortly after returning from the war, he met and married Henrietta L. Stockman on Jan. 14, 1946. Henrietta died Nov. 4, 2001.
His love of the outdoors led him to his career in forestry, working his way through school as a lookout, then as a private forester cutting trap trees and power line right of ways in North Idaho.
In 1961 he began a career with the U.S. Forest Service, first working in Naches, Wash., and then moving to Alaska with the Forest Service in 1963.
Gordon became an expert and passionate forest firefighter, beginning in his boyhood days on the lookouts in North Idaho.
Gordon fought forest fires in Idaho, Alaska, Washington, Utah and Arizona.
After retiring from the Forest Service, Gordon and his wife opened Helen’s Flower and Gift Shop in Ketchikan, Alaska, named after their daughter Helen.
Gordon loved hiking, camping, fishing and hunting with his wife and children, and traveling extensively with his wife Henrietta from Africa to the Arctic.
They have five children, Anita Monoian, Douglas Kalk (who predeceased him) Donald Kalk, Penny Kalk, and Helen Kalk; 13 grandchildren, John, Barb, and Beth Monoian, Tony, Andy, Brianna, Colin, Jade, Valanna, Jimmy, and Brian Kalk, Marya McCormack and Sara Harris.; two great-grandchildren, Chandler and Randi Pogue; and four nephews and nieces, John, Bill, Mike and Mary Margaret Phillips.
Family and friends are invited to sign Gordon’s online guest book at www.coffeltfuneral.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Coffelt Funeral Service of Sandpoint.