Kale Edwin Kivinen 1937 – 2019

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Kale Edwin Kivinen, 81, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on February 19, 2019 at Barrett Memorial Hospital in Dillon He was born July 27, 1937, in Hamilton, Mont., the son of Edwin Arthur and Alda Powell Kivinen. He joined his sister Joyce.

He was drafted in 1960 and spent two years in Germany. When he returned to Ft. Shaw, Mont., he met the love of his life, Letha Kivinen. They were married August 25,1962 in Wallace, Idaho. They shared 56 wonderful years together. They were blessed with two daughters, Secret November and Aldalee Joyce.

Kale worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator for 44 years, retiring in 1999. After retirement, Kale and Letha traveled all over in their motor home. He enjoyed their annual trips to Las Vegas to watch the Professional Bull Riding Championship. If he wasn’t there you could find him watching them on TV. He loved a good old western and game shows. The night he passed Wheel of Fortune was on in his hospital room and the puzzle was “MY WORK HERE IS DONE”.

Kale was a member of the Dillon Elks club and played bingo there every Thursday. He will always be remembered for his quick wit and sense of humor. He had the biggest heart and a contagious laugh that would make everyone in the room smile.

Kale loved being a grampa, and didn’t miss one of their high school graduations. He was also proud to be called GGPA, by his 2 great grandsons.

Kale is survived by his wife Letha; his daughters, Secret Kunkle (Jim) of Arlington, Texas, and Aldalee McAlmond (Bill), of Helena, Mont.; his sister Joyce Pritchard of Raynesford, Mont.; his grandchildren Brenah Eunice Quinn (Tom), Secret Rylee Kunkle, Kooper Kale McAlmond (Kiela), Ivie Letha McAlmond, Jaret Foster Kunkle and Kaleah Evelin Kunkle; reat grandsons Kannon William and Witten Kelly; and numerous aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Kale was preceded in death by his parents, his son Koby Arthur in 1975, and grandsons Tad and Jase.

Memorial services will be held Monday, August 19, 1 p.m., at the Lutheran Church on East Bannack St., to celebrate the life of Kale Kivinen.