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Edwin V. Kaltenbach

July 20, 1943 September 17, 2019
Edwin V. Kaltenbach
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Edwin Kaltenbach, age 76, of Lynden WA, died peacefully at home on September 17th. He was the son of Herman and Esther Kaltenbach of Edon,Ohio, and beloved husband of Carolyn
(Abraham) Kaltenbach.

After high school, Ed graduated from Defiance College and then spent five summers at Oregon State University earning a master's degree in biochemistry. Ed and Carolyn married in 1977 and were colleagues in the same building at HHS. During his teaching career at Hicksville High School, "Mr. K." was a respected and innovative educator whose unique teaching style and personality impacted the lives and future careers of many students.

Hobbies were always important to Ed. While in Ohio he especially enjoyed raising exotic
waterfowl from all over the world and watching their antics on the large pond at their home in
Edon.

After Ed and Carolyn both retired from teaching at HHS, they moved to the Pacific Northwest in August of 2000. This brought the special joys of exploring and hiking the mountains, enjoying the San Juan Islands, savoring the Oregon coast, and delighting in a mild climate perfect for gardening. Together they developed and enjoyed an extensive Japanese garden as well as a rose garden. Ed enjoyed photography, and his favorite subjects were the mountains and their flowers.

Because of all of the years of health challenges from diabetes and its many complications, Ed
was keenly aware of "seizing the day" and making the most of time on his own terms. He did
just that.

A private ceremony will be scheduled at a later time. Preferred memorials are to Whatcom Hospice, your local Hospice, End of Life organization in your state, or organization of your choice. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.


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