Hassan "Hass" Kalell
Hassan "Hass" Kalell passed away at age 90,
on Aug. 6, 2018.
Hassan was a loving husband, father, Juddy (Grandfather) and proud member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was born March 13, 1928, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the late Albert and Emney Kalell, and met his beloved wife, Margaret, in 1961. It was love at first sight, and they went on to enjoy 56 years of marriage together.
Hassan is survived by his wife; as well as son, Alan (Lisa) Kalell of Los Angeles; daughter, Susan Kalell of Chicago; grandson, Jordan Kalell; and granddaughter, Lindsey Kalell, both of Denver; and grandpets, KC, Barley and Baxter.
A true patriot, at 17 years old Hassan pleaded with his parents to grant permission to enlist in the military to fight for his country. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in China from 1945 to 1948 at the end of World War II. Then, from 1950 to 1951, he served in the USMC 1st Division during the Korean War conflict, where he was awarded a Purple Heart and subsequently honorably discharged. His favorite expression was "Once a Marine, always a Marine."
He generously provided for his family by working for nearly 40 years as a switchman with Chicago and Northwestern Railway.
Hassan also is survived by his sisters, Salha Hahn, Fatima Olwan and Mona Williams.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Sine and Ahmed Kalell.
He was a believer in philanthropy and was a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge and the El Kahir Shrine, where he worked over the years to raise funds for the transportation of sick children.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Shriners Hospital for Children or to the Islamic Center of Cedar Rapids. Friends and family can pay their respects at the funeral service, officiated by Iman Hassan Selim, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre, 2121 Bowling St. SW, Cedar Rapids.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com.