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George Prentice Kalb
February 11, 1932 ~ November 17, 2017
November 20, 2017
George Prentice Kalb, 85, passed away on November 17, 2017 at Boundary Community Hospital. A Memorial Service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, November 25, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6784 Cody Street, Bonners Ferry.

George was born February 11, 1932, in Sandpoint, to Wm. Slater Kalb and L. Margaret Kalb.

His early education was in Bonner County. He attended first grade at a school in Priest Lake because his mother was able to get a teaching job there, bringing George and his sister as students. This increased the school’s attendance numbers to allow it to stay open.

After first grade he completed elementary and high school in Sandpoint. George graduated from Sandpoint High School in 1950.

He attended North Idaho College of Education in Lewiston for one year until the school was closed by the State Legislature. He then transferred to Eastern Washington College of Education, now Eastern Washington University, graduating in 1954.

After graduating from college, George became a teacher and coach at Bonners Ferry High School. After one year he left teaching to join the Army. George spent two years in the field artillery. After fulfilling his military commitment, George returned to Bonners Ferry High School to teach social studies and coach football, basketball, and track. He also served as the athletic/activities director. George retired from teaching after 20 years.

During his teaching career, George was very involved with the Idaho Education Association, serving on different committees and in offices at the local and state levels, including Region I President.

George spent many summers working for the U.S. Forest Service while he was a teacher. After retiring from teaching he went to work for the Forest Service in Bonners Ferry.

He enjoyed his work in Fire Control and spent many years as a dispatcher. His experience in dispatch resulted in opportunities to work in that field throughout the United States. He retired from the Forest Service in 1993.

George was a member of Boundary Post #55 of the American Legion. He served as Post Adjutant for more than 20 years.

George was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, serving in several church positions. He sang in the church choir for 56 years and for more than 40 years in the Community Choir.

In 1958, George met Charlene Hatula, who was teaching at Bonners Ferry High School. They were married on August 7, 1959, in Lakota, North Dakota. They bought a house in Bonners Ferry and continued to live there until his death.

George is survived by Charlene, his wife of 58 years, daughters Anne (Raymond Vezeau) of Richland , Washington, Georgia Gaye,. Spokane, and Lynn Stone,Bonners Ferry, sons John (Tammy) of Roanoke, Virginia, and Paul (Dianne), Star, Idaho; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

George was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Edward Kalb, and his sister Evelyn Scott.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church or an organization of your choice.

Bonners Ferry Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.