William Kallstrom
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William Kallstrom
  • March 18, 1951 - October 13, 2017
  • Grand Prairie, Texas

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William Andrew " Bill" Kallstrom was born March 18, 1951, to James Waldemar Kallstrom and Jimmie Christine Peterman in Bryan, Texas. Growing up in Grand Prairie, he attended Grand Prairie High School and graduated in 1969. He briefly attended El Centro College and then later joined the Grand Prairie Fire Department where he faithfully served the community as a Lieutenant, Peace Officer, and Arson Investigator for thirty-six years until his retirement in 2010.

After meeting at the laundromat in 1975, he fell in love and later married Shirley Ann Henry at a small ceremony in 1976. He lived a life full of laughter, babies, and friends. Whether it was throwing his future wife's shoes on top of her house in the dead of winter on their first date, dumping ice water on her in the shower or catching bugs and throwing them on his unsuspecting daughters, Bill loved to play practical jokes on his family. Never meeting a stranger, he loved to discuss politics (even at the worst of times), history and how proud he was of his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Always possessing a love of nature and the woods, Bill enjoyed spending his time fly fishing and inner tube fishing, especially at Lake Grapevine, where he and his father, Jim, spent countless hours not catching anything before his death in 1996. Forever insistent on making his own "dough bait", he would always take the time to make it just stinky enough before heading out for the day to Joe Pool Lake and return smelling like lake water and all the carp he threw back. You could always count on him complaining at least once about how they put up a good fight but always had too many bones to eat. No matter the results, he would always return to the exact same spot, his spot, and do it again the next chance he got. He loved the History Channel, classical music, Clive Cussler novels, the black and white TV shows he enjoyed as a child and every Western ever created. Despite his kids' incessant complaints growing up, he would insist on watching anything with Clint Eastwood that came on and the channel never faltered. Not to mention, the man had a serious love for cheesy science fiction movies.

He could always be found in his same old ratty house shoes, eating the food he wasn't supposed to be eating, especially Pimento Loaf and Bologna and Cheese sandwiches, sneaking Necco Wafers and playing with his dog Harley. An animal lover at heart, whether it was the beautiful Husky he grew up with or the Schnauzers he spent his life fussing over, Bill loved his dogs. He also loved his family. Perpetually surrounded by women, Bill saved the day on more than one occasion, even coming home from work in the middle of the day to kill a bug that made the mistake of thinking his daughters would share their house with it and not lose their minds.

A man you could count on, he was always there to heat your car up in the morning so you wouldn't leave for work or school in the cold, always the one to make breakfast every Saturday when he woke up (and always sneaking half the bacon before he even finished cooking it) and always the one to go outside to grab the firewood needed to stoke the fires his family shared on cold nights together. Steadfast and solid, he was there when needed and he showed up without hesitation, whether it was to help a friend, watch a silly dance recital or cheer on one of his daughters during the hundreds of hours he and Shirley spent at softball fields and in various sports venues.

Despite the decline in health that he experienced in recent years, Bill persevered and continued to spend his time doting on his family, especially his grandkids (and that dog), piddling around his house and eating all the red meat he could get his hands on, despite doctor's orders.

He peacefully went to be with the Lord on October 13, 2017, surrounded by his wife and daughters. He will be forever loved, immeasurably missed and affectionately remembered as a man who lived his life how he wanted and gave his love unconditionally in his own unique way.

A memorial service will be held in Bill's honor in Grand Prairie at the Bean-Massey-Burge Funeral Home (off Warrior and Belt Line) on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at 10 am.

Bill is survived by his wife of forty-one years, Shirley, his children Jennifer, Jillian and Harley (Yes, his dog was his third child.), his mother Christine, sisters Lisa and Kathy, brother Dwight and his grandchildren Ella, Carter, Levi and Logan.