Kenneth Martin Kallstrom |

Kenneth Martin Kallstrom

Kenneth Martin Kallstrom

Kenneth Martin Kallstrom, formerly of Aspen, passed away in Denver on Dec. 12, 2011. He was 85.

Ken was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on July 13, 1926 to Martin and Karin Kallstrom originally of Vasteras, Sweden. The family moved back to Sweden soon after Ken was born, where he was raised and attended school. He received his baccalaureate degree in Vasteras, Sweden in 1946.

Ken acquired U.S. citizenship at that time and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He graduated from European Command Intelligence School in Oberammergau, Germany and became a counter-intelligence officer for the U.S. Army. Ken served in the 10th Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas. While there, he was a company officer, platoon leader and administrative officer for approximately 250 men.

After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1952, Ken moved to Aspen where he was a homebuilder and a ski instructor with the Aspen Ski School in Aspen for nearly 20 years.

He married Bette Philips Kallstrom, now deceased, in Aspen, and had a son, Erik. Bette and Ken later divorced.

In 1983, Ken moved to Denver, where he worked as a project superintendent for commercial and residential projects. He retired and remained in Denver until his death.

Ken was preceded in death by his brother Sten Kallstrom and Sten’s wife Brigitta.

Ken is survived by his son Erik Kallstrom of Glenwood Springs and his granddaughter Elizabeth Kallstrom of Las Cruces, N.M., his nephews Kent (Monika) Kallstrom of Onsala, Sweden and their children and Bo (Irene) Kallstrom of Aby, Sweden and their children; and a cousin John Bjorn (Mary) Kallstrom of Lebanon, N.J.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice. All Veterans Funeral Home in Wheat Ridge, Colo., is in charge of arrangements.

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