Mike Kalman Jr. of East Coulee, Alberta, beloved husband of Vivian, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2021 at the age of 72 years.
Mike was born October 14, 1948 in Tilleur, Belgium and immigrated to Canada in 1951 with his family. Mike grew up in East Coulee and attended school in both East Coulee and Drumheller. After high school he attended DeVry in Toronto graduating in 1968 with a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology. In 1969, he started with Alberta Gas Trunkline and 30 years later retired from TransCanada Pipelines in 1999. He married the love of his life, Vivian Kimmel in 1973 eventually moving to Vegreville to raise three sons. He spent his spare time coaching his son’s hockey and baseball teams while also spending time camping, fishing and playing softball with Nova. After stops in Brooks and Medicine Hat, Mike and Vivian moved back to East Coulee to enjoy retirement where Mikes’ interests turned to carpentry.
Besides his loving wife Vivian, Mike is survived by his three sons, Lance (Hazel), Kevin (Amanda), Richard (Ann-Marie), five grandchildren, Dominyk, Brayden, Paige, Everett, Bennett, two sisters Mary Kolenz (Larry) of Calgary, Helen Overwater of Delburne, five brothers, Frank (Donna) of East Coulee, Louis (Sheryl,) John (Deb), Nick (Donna) all of Calgary, Steve (Marlaine) of Nanaimo, B.C., two brothers-in-law, Lyle Kimmel (Karen) of Wetaskiwin, Jim Tuffnell of Calgary, one sister-in-law Connie Jordison (Darrin) of Maderia Park, B.C. along with numerous nieces, nephews and their families. Mike was predeceased by his parents, Mike and Maria Kalman, parents- in-law Arthur and Rita Kimmel, brother- in- law Paul Overwater and sister-in-law Wanda Tuffnell.
No memorial services have been planned however if family or friends wish, donations may be made to S.T.A.R.S. and or the Drumheller Area Health Foundation.