Michael George Kaltenhauser

Michael George Kaltenhauser of Rush City, passed away April 12 in St. Paul, Minn., at the age of 69.

Mike was born June 12, 1942 in Hinckley, Minn., to George and Kathleen (Brennan) Kaltenhauser.  He moved to Rush City at the age of five, attended and graduated from Rush City School in 1960.

Most of his adult life he drove truck.  But he also worked at the Stillwater Prison, Veteran’s Hospital, and attended Auctioneer School in Montana.

He enjoyed auctioning with Jim Wright and Chuckie Olson at horse sales throughout Minnesota.

Because of his love of horses, Mike was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and the Rush City Saddle Club.

He was a proud father of four children;  Missi, Mark, Melinda Kaltenhauer, and Justin Hetherington; nine grandchildren; Michael, Jeffrey, Alissa and Alison Kaltenhauser, Jenn Coury, Logan Johnson, Kristin Lafontaine, Alaina Hetherington, and Olivia Sorenson.

He loved telling stories about his grandchildren and the cute things that they did.  He was a wonderful story teller, his gift of gab was surely from his Irish heritage.

The bit of stubbornness was most certain from his German ancestry.

Prior to becoming disabled, Mike loved to hunt and fish, especially with his cousin Mary Jane’s husband DuWayne (Dewy) Dahl.   He also enjoyed when his grandson, Michael, would spend his summers with Laurel and him in South Dakota.

In recent years, he enjoyed visiting with friends and family whenever possible and never turned down a cup of coffee.

Mike is survived by children: Melissa (Kevin) Lafontaine of Eagan, Mark (Jess) Kaltenhauser of Rush City, Melinda (Alex) Kaltenhauser of Eagan, and Justin (Carrie) Hetherington of St. Paul; nine grandchildren, sisters: Kathy (Jack) Anderson of Braham and Jill Hegg of Rush City; aunts Delphine Monroe of Maple Plain and Gladys Kaltenhauser of Lindstrom; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends Laurel Carey and Dawn Hetherington.

Rev. Laurie O’Shea will officiate memorial services; 11 a.m. Friday April 20, 2012 at the Olson Chapel in Rush City with a time of visitation one hour prior.

Inurnment will take place at the Rosehill Cemetery in Hinckley, Minn.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Funeral and Cremation Service – Olson Chapel ~ Rush City www.funeralandcremationservice.com.

  • Chuck Peterson

    Dear Folks:
    I heard yesterday of “Clete’s” passing. I went through RC schools with him and we shared a lot of common interests, friends, and plenty of mischief at times. Mike’s mother was always around when we played at his house and she was a no nonsense lady when our antics required. Not sure why but “engineer boots” come to mind when not many wore them but Clete did and my mind’s eye picture of him would include those boots with the so loud cletes on them! Drove some of the teachers nuts!! He sure was a clown at times;; we all loved that about him.

    Mike’s dad, George, was a wonderful friend to my father George when he was struggling with alcohol and I remember so well, and was so thankful for, his riding along with my dad with me driving up to the facility in Sandstone to get him back on track. George was a wonderful man and so too was my friend Mike. The family along with another Brennan from Hinckley, Peggy Saloka, added so much to our Norman Rockwell life in RC.

    You have my fond wishes and prayers for Mike and I ask only that you celebrate a good man!!!