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Donald H. Kallop

Rhinebeck - Donald H. Kallop, a lifelong resident of Rhinebeck, passed away peacefully at the Baptist Home on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Born April 10, 1928, he was the third son of the late Anthony Fredrick and Viola M. Atkins Kallop. He was predeceased by brothers Vernon and Roger, his wife Sally Orcutt Kallop, and daughter-in-law Barbara Decker Kallop. Sally and Don met while attending Oneonta State Teachers College. They married on March 11, 1950 and remained devoted and inseparable until her passing in 1995. Don retired from IBM in 1986.

Don began his schooling in Rhinecliff then went on to graduate from Rhinebeck High School and attended Oneonta State Teacher's College. Baseball was his game. He played Little League in Rhinecliff with many cousins and buddies and went on to pitch for the High School team. He pitched the winning games in both the 1947 Hudson Valley Championship and Dutchess County Scholastic League. He is in the Dutchess County Baseball Hall of Fame and mentioned in the book by Joseph V. Poillucci, Baseball in Dutchess County, When It was A Game. He earned the nick names: Dutch Kallop, Speed Ball Hurler, and Mount Ace. Don went on to play ball for Oneonta, G.E and IBM. He was a dedicated Mets fan and always celebrated Opening Day.

Don was a member of the Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck where he served on the Vestry and, with his wife Sally, led the Youth Group (YPF) for 10 years. Area youth from that time will remember the many dances, parties, and community projects he helped organize for them. He enjoyed cross- country road trips, camping, traveling the USA and abroad, and entertaining. He and Sally supported international exchange programs for youth and adults, participating in the first Rhinebeck/ Rheinbach (Germany) Exchange and in 1967 hosted Edith Bayas, a high school AFS student from Ecuador.

In 2004 Don participated in the oral history project, The History of Rhinecliff, a six dic set of interviews with former and present Rhinecliff residents who reminisced and shared stories of life in the hamlet.

Don is survived by his children, Donna Stickle (Rick), David Kallop, Karen Volino (Fred), Chris Kallop (Barbara); grandchildren Matthew Stickle (Leah), Erin Grahame-Smith (Seth), Seth Stickle, Trevor Kallop (Nanci), Beth Fernandez (Scot), Dara Kallop-Woodland (Bill), Joseph Volino, Michael Volino, Haley Kallop and great grandchildren Gage, Maxwell, Ava, Leo, Zoe, Joshua, Jacob, Nathan, Luke, and June and many nieces and nephews and extended family.

Calling hours are scheduled at Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home, 51 W. Market St., Rhinebeck on February 24th from 4 - 6 pm. Inurnment in the Church of the Messiah Memorial Garden will be at the family's convenience. Donations can be made to the Baptist Home at Brookmeade, 46 Brookmeade Drive, Rhinebeck NY 12572.

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