Thursday, April 26, 2012

Daniel James Kalo, age 64 -

Daniel James Kalo, age 64, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012 in Vero Beach, FL.

The son of Lewis and Lucetta Kalo, he was born Nov. 12, 1947 in Lorain. He graduated from Brookside High School in 1965 and enlisted himself in the United States Marine Corps,  proudly serving his country on active duty during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and was recognized as a rifle sharpshooter before being honorably discharged in September 1969. 

Dan returned home to Ohio where he later enrolled in college at Bowling Green State University and met the love of his life, his wife Valerie.  At BGSU he earned his bachelor and master’s degrees in Education and Administration. He briefly taught at Margaretta High School in Castalia before becoming an assistant principal. After moving his family to Fremont, he became principal at Old Fort High School and then worked as an assistant to the president at Terra Community College before serving as principal for 17 years at Oak Harbor Junior. He briefly retired before taking a position at the University of Toledo.

In 2004, Dan and his wife moved to Vero Beach. He soon took a teaching position at the Alternative Center with Indian River Schools teaching social studies to troubled and at-risk youth. 

When he wasn’t teaching or mentoring, Dan enjoyed many activities. His favorite hobbies included scuba diving, boating, fishing and any job that included hard, physical labor.

He had the opportunity to travel extensively with his wife and children to many destinations in the Caribbean and the Florida Keys and he lived each day to fullest as if it were his last. 

He was proud to build both of his homes, as well as helping build his sons and other family member’s homes.

He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 36 years Valerie (Westcott) Kalo of Vero Beach, Florida, his son Daniel (Kristi) Kalo of Waterville, OH, daughter Natalie Kalo of Orlando and two grandchildren Callie and Daniel.

He is survived by six siblings including Phyllis Minor, Norma Crnko, David Kalo, Arlene Sprouse, Linda Kotowski, and Wanda Ducsak as well as many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father and mother Lewis and Lucetta Kalo as well as his brother Theodore Kalo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Honor to of Northwest Ohio, PO Box 23018 Toledo, OH 43623 (

Visitation will be at Groff Funeral Home in Sandusky, Ohio on Sunday, April 29 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 pm. Church services will be on Monday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. at the Avon Lake Presbyterian Church. A memorial service will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens in Avon.

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