Tricounty News

Harold Callander, 86



Harold Callander of Waite Park, formerly of the Kimball area, died at home Monday morning, Aug. 6, 2012, surrounded by his family. He was 86.

Services celebrating his life will be at 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home in St. Cloud with Father Daniel Walz officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Friday, until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.

Harold Oscar Callander was born May 1, 1926, to Arvid and Mary (Larson) Callander in Kingston Township. He was raised on the family farm with his brother Al, until graduating high school. Harold joined the U.S. Army 11th Airborne serving in the Pacific and Japan. He attained the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1946. Harold married Dolores Chmielewski May 18, 1955, and together they raised two children, Kevin and Sandee. He was a hard worker and was self-employed as a meat-market owner, over-the-road trucker, and owner of Century 21-Callander Realty in Champlin.

He, with his brother built the Playland Ballroom in Kimball where many people enjoyed roller skating and dancing. Harold also worked as a gear foreman for FMC for 30 years. He is known for being an honorable man, for his love of vintage cars, his wood crafting, and his devotion to his family.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents Arvid and Mary Callander; and his brother Al Oberg.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Dolores; his children Kevin Callander of Minneapolis and Sandee Callander-Biddle of Waite Park; grandchildren Christopher Callander, Nicholas VonFelden; and great-grandchildren Kaylei VonFelden, and Nicholas VonFelden, Jr.