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Jasper Kalo

Jasper A. "Jay" Kalo

Saturday, December 11th, 1926 - Sunday, May 17th, 2020
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Jasper A. “Jay” Kalo, 93, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Home Away from Home in Grafton. He was born December 11, 1926 in Morgantown, WV the son of the late Rozalia (Bartok) Kalo and Joseph J. Kalo, Jr.
In addition to his parents, Jay was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Catherine (Hamric) Kalo, and brothers Joseph Kalo and James Kalo.

Jay is survived by daughters, Cynthia Steenstra and husband, Carl, of Grafton, Marlene Kalo of Grafton, Sharon Tzavaras and husband Pete, of Morgantown and Laura Kalo Gow and husband, David of Chemainus, BC, Canada and New Orleans, LA; grandchildren, Erica Steenstra Bunner and husband Curt, of Crestview, KY, Jeremy Steenstra and wife Aterra, of Morgantown, and Lauren Fellner, of Vail, CO; a great-grandson, Carlin Bunner and great-granddaughters Audra and Aurora Steenstra; one sister, Rose Bacho, of Williamsburg, VA and two sisters-in-law, Helen Kalo, of Morgantown and Ruth Kalo, of Keyser and several nieces and nephews.

Jay graduated from Morgantown High School in 1944 and from WVU in 1948 with a chemistry degree. After marrying his college sweetheart, Catherine Hamric, on January 3, 1949, Jay moved to Grafton.
After working at Hamric Motors, a Buick-Pontiac Dealership, Jay went into business for himself in 1956, purchasing the Chevrolet and Olds Dealership. He added the Jeep Franchise in 1961, and purchased the Buick and Pontiac Dealership in 1962 making Kalo Motors one of the 1st GM dealerships east of the Missisippi River having four of five franchises under one roof. Jay sold Kalo Motors and retired in 1989.

Jay was a past president of the Kiwanis Club and held membership in the Grafton Jaycees, the Grafton Elks Lodge, the Tygart Lake Country Club, the WVU Wheels Club, the WVU Alumni Association, and the WV Automobile Dealers Association. Always civic-minded, he supported many organizations in Taylor County, served on the restoration committee for the Mother’s Day Shrine, and was President of Industries for Grafton from 1990-2003.

An avid golfer, Jay was one of the founders of Tygart Lake Golf Course. Jay was the 1998 WV Senior Amateur Gold Division Winner First Flight. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling on teams in Philippi, Grafton, and Ruskin, FL where he and Catherine wintered after retirement. When not on the golf course, jay could be found working in his vegetable gardens.

A member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, he served as treasurer and participated in the Knights of Columbus. Jay frequently attended the 1st Baptist Church and the Beulah Baptist with his wife and attended the Church of the Good Shepherd for events involving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family thanks all the staff at Home Away from Home, the Hospice Staff and the medical staff at the Tygart Valley Total Care Clinic for all the excellent care provided during the last few months.
A graveside service will be held at the Woodsdale Memorial Park Cemetery on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. David Spence officiating.
Donald G. Ford Funeral Home in Grafton is in charge of the funeral arrangements for the Kalo family.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Friday, May 22nd, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Woodsdale Memorial Park
    Address
    US Rt. 50 West
    Grafon, WV 26354
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    Officiant
    Rev. David D. Spence
  • Interment

    Location
    Woodsdale Memorial Park Cemetery
    Address
    grafton, WV 26354

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Ada Deneen Rogers Jett

Posted at 01:17pm
I was so sorry to hear of your father's passing. My deepest sympathy for your loss. May God's love give you strength; and may all the happy memories of your father give you peace. Ada Deneen Rogers Jett
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Rebecca Collura

Posted at 11:04pm
I was sad to see your Dad passed away. I remember how much he loved golf and how much fun our Dads had playing together. Just wanted to let you know- I was thinking of your family.
With deepest sympathy,
Rebecca Costolo Collura
JR

John reid

Posted at 10:10am
Worked many years for Mr. Kalo as his Bookkeeper. He was quite involved in his business and was a good boss to me. This was my first job out of college and I learned a lot from him. My sincere sympathy to his family. Respectfully John Reid
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Marcie Steadman

Posted at 02:42pm
Please accept my heartfelt sympathies
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