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Leonard Emil Kallio

Leonard Emil Kallio

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 MUSCATINE — Leonard Emil Kallio died Aug. 31, 2016, from complications of Alzheimer’s. Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016, at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines. At a later date, gatherings to remember Leonard will be held in Muscatine and Iowa City.

He was born April 20, 1943, in Sandusky, Ohio, to Rebecca (Deems) and Reino Emil Kallio. After World War II, the family moved to Iowa City. Leonard attended Iowa City Schools (City High), and earned degrees from the University of Iowa and Indiana University. Leonard and his future wife, Carolyn Levine, lived in New York City's Greenwich Village from 1967 to 1969, an experience that greatly influenced their lives. They returned to Iowa City and married in August 1969. Leonard studied for a Ph.D., and later worked for the University of Iowa as director of the university's Guided Independent (Correspondence) Study Program. He and Carolyn moved to Muscatine in 1975.

Leonard's intelligence, gentleness and wit will always be appreciated by his wife, Carolyn Levine; sisters, Siska Kallio and Sandra (Leonard) White; niece, Sally (Brent) Pahl; brother-in-law, John (Jan) Levine; nephews Jeffrey Levine (Carmina Bernardo) and Andrew (Liz) Levine, and his friends and former colleagues.

Carolyn asked for reflections about Leonard from his close friends: With his subtle sense of humor, Leonard was always alert to the absurdities of life, and at the same time, he was quietly indignant about unfair or unjust behavior. He loved nature, and deeply enjoyed the landscape and living creatures of Iowa and the Midwest. He loved art and New York City. Leonard and Carolyn were wonderful life partners and complemented each other marvelously — Carolyn vivid and full of energy, Leonard laid-back and quietly observant. It was easy to see their relationship was one of mutual respect, love and admiration.

Carolyn will be forever grateful to the aides of Good Samaritan Home Health Services, whose loving attention allowed Leonard to thrive for so long at home with Alzheimer's. They can attest, as can Carolyn, that despite the progress of his disease, Leonard never lost his ability to respond to his environment, especially to the humor in the life of his household.

For memorial donation information, please contact Leonard’s wife at

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