Aurelius Ray Kalis

  • Born: December 13, 1928
  • Died: January 23, 2020
  • Location: Wells, Minnesota

Bruss-Heitner Funeral Homes

255 2nd Ave SW
Wells, MN 56097

Tel. (507) 553-3124

Tribute & Message From The Family


Aurelius "Ray" Kalis, age 91, of Wells, MN, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, MN. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, January 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells, MN with Father Greg Havel and Deacon Gene Paul officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 2:00- 5:00 PM, with a Rosary at 5:00 PM, at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Military honors will be accorded by Easton American Legion Post #569. Memorials preferred to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Restoration Fund.
Aurelius "Ray" was born December 13, 1928 in Walnut Lake Twp., Faribault Co, MN, the son of Nickolas and Agnes (Dulas) Kalis. Ray joined the U.S Air Force and served as a mechanic during the Korean War. On March 13, 1951, he married Lois Stevermer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Easton, MN, where they have been faithful, active members since. The couple made their home on a farm in rural Wells. Ray loved the changing seasons in farming. He enjoyed driving the country side, checking crops and fishing. Working on his antique tractors was a favorite pastime, and after retirement he loved to tinker in his garage.
Ray and Lois were always together, where you saw one, you saw the other.
Ray will be missed by his children: Linda (Dennis) Johnson of Minnetonka, MN, Paul (Kathy) Kalis of Wells, MN, Charlie (Peggy) Kalis of Easton, MN, daughter-in-law, Sue Kalis of Wells, MN Joline Pearson (Mike Sandt) of Wells, MN, Marc (Kari) Kalis of Dover, MN; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents; wife Lois (May 2019) sons: Andy Kalis and Troy Kalis; son-in-law, Kurt Pearson; siblings: Philip Kalis, Kathryn Kalis, Leo Kalis, Amelia Olson, Marcella Radke, Magdalene Kalis, Rose Matheson, Bernice Miller, Louis Kalis, Gregory Kalis, Edward Kalis, and John Kalis.