Recent Obituaries

Cady Cremation Services and Funeral Home


Recent Obituaries

Louis F. Kallery

September 24, 1939 – October 24, 2020


Obituary For Louis F. Kallery

Lou Kallery Teacher. Father. Adventurer. Independent Spirit. Friend.

Louis F. Kallery, decades-long Twisp, Washington resident and beloved former English teacher at Liberty Bell High School, left this world on October 24, 2020. Known as Lou to most, he was born to Louis Sr. and Ethel (Kendy) in Dearborn, Michigan on September 24, 1939.

Lou’s greatest loves were obvious to all who knew him: exploring the American wilderness, literature—especially ancient Greek, motorcycles and his work as an English teacher. His lifelong passion for the outdoors began in his youth. He grew up in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn but spent time playing in the surrounding wooded areas. He was also a Boy Scout and rose through the ranks to become an Eagle Scout.

After graduating from Edsel Ford High School in 1957, Lou relocated to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a remote, wild and stunningly beautiful region covered by northern hardwood forests. There, he attended Northern Michigan University, earning a Bachelor of Sciences in Secondary Education in 1966 and a Master of Arts in 1968.

Following graduation, Lou worked at the university as an English instructor until 1974. The young Mr. Kallery soon attracted a loyal following of students around him and earned a bit of a reputation as a rebel. One story features him creating a stir on NMU’s campus by driving his motorcycle through the grounds.

But it was his unwavering dedication to educating young minds that would define his entire career—and in many ways, his life. Students and faculty alike described him as challenging but fair. As one former Liberty Bell colleague put it, “He demanded excellence and received excellence.” Comparisons have been drawn between Lou and the character of inspiring English teacher Mr. Keating played by Robin Williams in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society, who used unorthodox teaching methods to show how literature and writing matter in students’ own lives.

In 1974, Lou left Michigan for the western United States, living first in Cody, Wyoming and then in Ely Nevada, where he taught at White Pine High School for ten years. During his tenure there, he coordinated a program for the academically talented. In 1987, Lou settled in the Methow Valley and taught at Liberty Bell High School until his retirement in 2005. A letter from the superintendent from that time noted that he’d earned an outsize number of compliments from students and families.

A true adventurer, Lou wasn’t satisfied with sticking to well-worn trails. He made cross-country road trips—sometimes just on his motorcycle—and ventured deep into the mountains and desert to take photographs, hike and explore. Of all the wonders he’d come across in his travels, one was a favorite that he mentioned often: an ancient etching on a cave wall that had been left virtually untouched by time. What struck him most was that the artist, in attempting to render this image of an animal, had made several attempts before arriving at the finished product—exemplifying humankind’s innate drive toward excellence.

Lou was not only an English teacher but an insatiable scholar and avid reader, often losing himself in a book until the early morning hours. Some of his favorites were The Odyssey, The Iliad, The Aeneid and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Other passions included shooting his rifle, archery and fixing up old motorcycles.

He was well-known for his exceptional intelligence and eloquence tempered with a core of rugged charm, as well as his head of thick, lustrous dark hair and a smile that couldn’t be hidden by his beard because you’d see it twinkling in his brown eyes. He enjoyed playful banter and his sense of humor extended first and foremost to himself. He was particularly delighted by some affectionate caricatures a few former students had drawn of him. Lou was unpretentious and could talk to anyone, but he had a low tolerance for snobs. He would often enunciate the word “LIT-er-a-ture” in a snooty accent as a joking takedown of literary elitism.

Lou Kallery was the proud father of daughters Christina (Kallery) and Anna (Vintin), son-in-law Jason, son Sean, daughter-in-law Linda and grandfather to Soren (Vintin) and Quinn (Kallery, and another on the way). He is further survived by extended family and many loving friends, colleagues and former students, along with his much-adored little dog and constant companion of 15 years, Elf.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for the springtime when it can be done safely and will be open to all who would like to pay their respects. In the meantime, those who want to share a memory of Lou may do so here:

Photos & Video

Add New Photos & Video


  • June 03, 2022

    I remember my freshman year at White Pine going into his class that first day and the desks were in a U shape so all the students shared insights and he lectured pacing the U. He tolerated no bullshit and he found the best in all his students. At the end of that first year he assigned a thesis to us for our final grade, it was intense! The last day of class when he gave them back, he told us in kinda a proud voice that anyone with a “C” or higher on their thesis, those theses would pass a college freshman English class. At that moment I believed that a young girl from a cowtown in rural Nevada might make it in college. It was life changing.

  • April 02, 2021

    Anna: I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I hadn’t heard from him in a while and emails weren’t being answered. I was afraid of what that was telling me, and I was right as I Googled his name. He passed on my son’s birthday. I met your dad in Cody, Wyoming in the mid 70s. We both worked for a publishing company there. Mountain Publishing it was. My husband and I moved back to WA and your folks moved to Ely. i remember when you were born. We have the same birthday. Your dad and I stayed in touch over the years. He brought you and Sean to visit us in Everett when you were young. You and Sean were outside playing with my kids and I remember you coming in to report to your dad that Sean was doing something with some bugs and that he was not “being one with nature”. I still smile when I think of that. The last time we visited was 2011, but we stayed in touch via email. Your dad was quite a guy. A little intimidating, but also nice and funny and very, very smart. Another friend who worked at Mountain Publishing named Nila, also kept track of him over the years. We all wrote letters back and forth. Nila used to say that she always pictured him reading our letters with a red pen in hand. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and Sean. I will always remember Lou Kallery fondly.

  • January 20, 2021

    Kallery, as he affectionately allowed us to call him, was one of my favorite teachers. He was everything his tribute described and more. I am a 1983 graduate of White Pine High School and I can sincerely say the impact he made on my life has stayed with me to this very day. He gave me a passion for reading, symbolism and paying attention to detail. He believed in me and that is something every young student needs to take with them into the world. He took personal interest in his students and had a genuine desire to help them achieve their personal best. A funny story of his wonderful humor, I had class with him after the lunch hour and most often he would have a coke on the corner of his desk and when he did I would help myself to a drink of his coke and it would disgust him. So one day there was his coke as usual and I picked it up and took a big drink of it and he put his cigarette ashes in it, I never seen him laugh so hard. It was disgusting but it was worth it to see him laugh. I will miss him but as I said he has made an impact on my life and will always have a place in my heart. My sincere condolences to the family, he will not be forgotten.

  • January 11, 2021

    I first met Lou while on the Big Valley Ranch. Lou had come into the valley to teach and was staying at one of the ranch houses. Lou had done something to his knee and I was asked to check in on him and do what I could for him. That started a long friendship! Once Lou discovered my “hobby” of love of firearms, he was all in! We went to gun shows together and did a lot of horse trading between us. Once I was out of the valley, phone calls would be a minimum of at least one hour! I sure do miss him and was sadden to hear of his passing. My world and his world collided and it was Great! Take care, Anna and Sean miss you guys too!

  • December 13, 2020

    Lou and I were colleagues when I began my teaching career at Northern Michigan University in 1970. Many an evening he, our friend Joe, and I would spend talking about books, having maybe more than one beer, and laughing. Laughing a lot. I last saw him several years ago when he road his cycle to Michigan for a visit. I’m very sad to hear about him and send good wishes and good memories to his family whom he adored and talked about all the time. ~Ann Green

  • November 29, 2020

    My sincere condolences to the Kallery family. I took some of Mr. Kallery’s advanced English classes and was also his teacher’s aide for a period of time. He was truly an exceptional teacher and introduced me to the art of identifying symbolism in art, literature and film. It was a defining moment in my life as a teenager, because I no longer looked at things in the same way. He required you to deep dive and look beyond the surface for meaning. I’ll be forever grateful for the doors he opened in my mind. Terri Ogden- Class of ’82, White Pine High School, Ely Nevada.

  • November 26, 2020

    Betty ’87, Mark ’79 and I (Joe Stanko 82) give our condolences to the Lou Kallery Family. We are grateful that we had Lou Kallery as our English teacher for Modern Short Stories, Literature and Greek methodology, learning to recognize the character as told by, motifs, allegories, story line and symbols ect. As young high school students, Lou opened our minds and prepared use for college. Even to this day, when reading a book or watching a movie, I still reach back on what Lou taught us when reading literature and watching movies. Lou Kallery took the 1982 Class, National Honor Society Students on an adventurous trip from Ely Nevada, up to the Trinity River CA, Redwood Forest CA, Eureka CA, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, and finally to the Berkeley National Laboratory to see an Atomic/Electron particle accelerator in California before heading back to Ely. To this day it is still my top 10 trip of my lifetime. Thank you Lou Kallery for what knowledge you gave to us all and for expecting the best from each one of use. I wished I could have done a motor cycle trip with you and shown you the Everett WA airplane factory where I work today. Rest in Peace Lou. You are one cool teacher, friend, and mentor. Joe Stanko, 1982 White Pine High school Graduate, Ely Nv.

  • November 22, 2020

    Lou is one of my favorite teachers of all time. I was blessed to have him as as an English teacher at White Pine High School. He loved to challenge me intellectually, but one of the things he really helped me with is how to get over myself and work beyond my own self-limiting perceptions. I am a teacher today and I will always remember discussing Carl Jung’s Theory of the Collective Unconscious with Lou. He was enlightening and intellectually demanding. Thank you, Lou. Thank you to his family for giving us such a fantastic teacher.

  • November 21, 2020

    Kallery was by far the most influential teacher I ever had. I did very little to keep in contact after graduation but he had a big impact during my Liberty Bell years. His direct and sarcastic sense of humor was something I had never experienced until his 10th grade English class. It was very refreshing and new at the time for me. He never accepted a ‘good’ paper you had written if he knew you could do more. His expectation of excellence which frustrated me at the time actually made me a better person and critique of myself today. He noticed my interest in film and pushed me to join his film class, (which then followed into an independent film class) ultimately pursuing film studies in college which had a major impact on my life’s course. Kallery was more than a teacher, but a mentor that was always challenging us to be the best that we could be. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten

  • November 20, 2020

    What a memorable teacher. He always thought better of me than I did myself. As a gift for babysitting his first daughter, he and his wife at the time taught me how to ride a dirt bike. Years later I would still receive letters from fellow students talking about him and what he taught us. I hope his family takes comfort knowing how many lives he touched and how he is so fondly remembered.

  • November 09, 2020

    He was the best teacher. He always pushed us beyond our limits. I will always remember him for his ability to make me think and his feistiness. May he Rest In Peace.

  • November 08, 2020

    I will forever be grateful for Lou Kallery teaching us Joseph Cambell’s Passage of a Hero and introducing us to the meanings of symbolism of colors. That was one of my clear memories from class. I was an average student in high school but I am getting my Doctorate now at Pepperdine. My condolences to the family of Lou, he was beloved by many Liberty Bell students.

Add a Candle

Click a candle below to add a candle to your message.


Special Services
Serving The Surrounding Areas of Kent, WA

Compassionate & Inexpensive Cremation Services

Making arrangements after losing a loved one shouldn't add an additional burden. Let us take care of everything.

Family-Owned & Operated for 23+ Years

From our family to yours. We understand what it means to lose a loved one. That's why we've been compassionately serving our community for over 23 years.


Cady's offers both international and domestic shipping of urns and caskets. Additionally, we'll work with your life insurance policy and you can convieniently make arrangements via fax or phone.


Our Customers Know we care!