Gordon Keith Kallner 86, of Frankfort, Indiana passed away Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Homewood Health Campus in Lebanon, Indiana after a lengthy illness. Born November 2, 1922 in Frankfort, the son of Fleet Jacob and Dorothy Ione Skeen Kallner. He graduated from Frankfort High School in 1940 and married Ada Marie Beechler on January 8, 1941 in Indianapolis and she survives. They had 68 years together. He served his country in the US Army during World War II, 1944-1946, and was one of three brothers that all served overseas in World War II at the same time. He was a member of the Frankfort American Legion. He was an accomplished artist winning many awards for his oil and watercolor landscapes and was a past member and president of the Putnam County Art League several years ago. He also was an accomplished musician, and in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s co-manager of Shady Acres Ranch in Mulberry and a member of the Shady Acres Ranch Gang singing and playing the guitar and bass, and was a member of several bands in Frankfort, Bedford and Greencastle until about 1965. He was a member of the Clinton County Genealogical Society and Indiana Historical Society, a former Boy Scout leader in Frankfort. He was a member of the Bedford Leatherwood Christian Church and served as youth director at one time. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping and reading his Bible. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He worked at several businesses in and around the Frankfort area in his younger days and joined the Indianapolis Star and News as a district manager in the late 1950’s and was circulation manager at the Greencastle Banner Graphic and Plainfield Messenger Newspapers. He also worked at the High Point Oil Company and retired from the Greencastle Community Schools.
Visitation and Services
Services will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009, at 2:00 PM at the Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort with Pastor Jim Amis from the Harmony Baptist Church Greencastle officiating. Visitation will be 2 hours before the services. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Frankfort. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the charity of your choice.
He is survived by his wife, Ada; two sons, Richard “Bud” of Frankfort, Ken (Vicki) of Greencastle; two daughters, Connie (Ron) Fausset , Chris (Butch) Barnett both of Frankfort; 9 grandchildren, Greg (Tracy) Kallner, Bainbridge, David (Gwen) Kallner, Brazil; Ashley Wagner, Greencastle; Yolanda Kallner, Rick Evans, Bruce (Crystal) Evans, Lesley (Jon) Webb all of Frankfort; Lindsay (Brad) Striegel of Fishers, and Bobbie Luann Kallner of New Jersey; 17 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter. Also surviving are one brother, Charles “Chick” (Regina) Kallner of Lafayette and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sons, Larry Allen Kallner ( Dec 1941) and Gary Keith Kallner (May 2008) and three brothers, Richard Fleet, John Calvin and James Ray Kallner.