David (Dave) Kalb 1942-2024

David (Dave) Kalb, 81, of Chappell went to be with the Lord on Friday morning, February 16, 2024, with his loving wife by his side.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, February 22, 2024 at the Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home in Chappell with Pastor Rich Graeff officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Chappell City Cemetery.

Visitation will be held 3:00 to 5:00 Wednesday at the funeral home.

Holechek-Bondegard Funeral Home in Chappell is serving the Kalb family.

Family and friends can leave condolences at www.bondegardfunerals.com.

Dave was the only child born on July 17, 1942, to the late Harold and Illene (Kasparek) Kalb. He grew up on a farm in Chappell where he learned to ride horses (which were not his favorite thing), farming of various crops, and ranch. Dave graduated from Chappell High School and went to college for two years. Returning to the family farm. A few years later, in his early twenties, he honorably served in the Nebraskan Army National Guard for six years in Ogallala,1st Battalion, 168th Field Artillery. He achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class while he performed duties as the Chief of Firing Battery. After his service, Dave went into trucking and drove grain trucks, but his love of hauling cattle became his career for many years all over the United States. His last and favorite truck was a beautiful Peterbilt, that he called Rosie!!!

Dave had a very adventurous life. For anyone that knew him he had plenty of stories to tell on any given day. He loved telling stories of his adventures as a truck driver. He proudly displayed a large map of the United States in his shop with push pins in every city he had visited while driving. Many of his stories were followed by a lot of laughter as they were always entertaining, and some were more colorful than others. When it came to farming, he was always very proud of the work he did and if you drove by one of his fields you knew it was his because of the straight lines and no weeds. He was a perfectionist in many ways even when it came to removing snow from his neighbor’s driveways. He was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. At the end of a very hard day’s work, it usually ended with an ice-cold beer and conversation on what needs to be taken care of next.

His love for dogs was unmatched. He and his faithful companion, Annie could be seen out for a morning or evening drive on their UTV.

Dave is survived by his wife Mary; sons, Matt (Karen) Kalb of Chappell, Adam Kalb of Lodgepole, Jay (Laura) Weeter of Sioux City, IA, Dustin (Cristina) Weeter of Omaha, NE and daughter, Mindy (Justin) Crossland of Yuma, CO; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and his beloved canine companion, Annie.

The family would like to invite you join them for Lunch at the Chappell Fire Hall after the services.