Frederick Robert Kalthoff

Born: Mon., Oct. 12, 1931
Died: Sat., Jan. 21, 2012

Funeral Service


5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 25, 2012
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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  F. Robert Kalthoff

October 12, 1931 - January 21, 2012


 Frederick Robert Kalthoff, 80, of Granger, IN died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 21 2012 in Kindred Hospital Northern Indiana, Mishawaka, IN.  Mr. Kalthoff was born October 12, 1931 in Chicago, IL to the late Genevieve (Finnegan) and Frederick Kalthoff and had lived in the Michiana area from 1992 to 1995 and returned in 1998 from Yuma AZ.  On January 13, 1979 in Chicago he married Dianne M. Warren who survives.  Also surviving are a daughter, Karen L. McFeely (Michael) of Elmwood Park, IL; a son, Kenneth R. Kalthoff of Dallas, TX; and three grandchildren, Matthew Kalthoff of Hartford, CT, Angela Kalthoff of Dallas, and Tegan McFeely of Elmwood Park.  He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robbie McFeely.


Bob was an alumnus of the Culver Academies Summer School and served as President of the Summer Alumni Association and was a Trustee of the Culver Educational Foundation Board in the early 1980s.  He graduated from the University of Illinois and attended advanced broadcast management seminars at the University of Nebraska and the Harvard Graduate School of Business.  He served in the U.S. Air Force with the 5th Air Force in Korean during the war.


His broadcasting career spanned some 43 years, working 29 years in the Chicago office of Avery Knodel Television (a national station advertising sales representative firm) where he started as a Sales Trainee and rose to Chairman of the Board and steered the profitable sale of the company. 


Bob then moved to the station side of the business, first with station owner Beam Communications moving on as Vice President and General Manager at KBJR-TV, Duluth, MN 1988-1992, held the same title at WSJV-TV, South Bend/Elkhart 1992-1995 and at KYMA-TV in Yuma, AZ 1995 until his retirement in 1998.


He served as a member of the NBC Network Affiliate Advisory Board as Treasurer and Government Relations Chairman.  He also served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  He was a Trustee of Holy Cross College, Notre Dame, IN for nine years and during his tenure the school opened on-campus housing and expanded from a 2 year to a 4 year college.  He was also a member of Knollwood Country Club.


The most precious things to him were his wife, children and grandchildren along with Tuesday lunches with the PGL and his days at Culver.


The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd.  Committal services and burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. C.S.T. Thursday, January 26th in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago.


 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Culver Educational Foundation, 1300 Academy Rd., Culver, IN, 46511.  Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Frederick's memory to the following organization:

Culver Educational Foundation
1300 Academy Rd., Culver, IN, 46511

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Judi Karnes
   Posted Tue January 24, 2012
Dear Dianne,

I was so very sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I know he was a very good man, and he will be greatly missed by many.

Our most sincere sympathy to you, Dianne, and to your family.

Judi and Dick Karnes

Linda Frosolone
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
Dear Dianne,
Thoughts and prayers are for you, and your family, on the passing of your dear husband Bob. May the love of all your friends bring comfort.
Love, Linda

Leslie Kolkowski
   Posted Wed January 25, 2012
Dear Dianne,
I met you and Bob in ICU at St. Joe"s. I live across the street from Debbie Rosenfeld.
I offer you my sincerest sympathy and prayers.
With sympathy and respect.
Leslie Kolkowski

Fred and Kathy Lintner
   Posted Sun January 29, 2012

Fred and I were out of town and came back last week. We saw Bob's obituary in the Tribune and are so sorry for your loss. We will make a donation to Culver in his memory.
If you are in the Culver area, please let us know and we will get together.

Fred and Kathy Lintner

Bev and Jerry Love
   Posted Wed February 01, 2012
Dear Dianne and family:

I write this short message with the deepest of heartfelt condolences on the passing of a wonderful man, that I considered a friend. While our tenure together as fellow Holy Cross College Trustees was fairly brief I felt that Bob shared so very much of himself, not only with the college but everyone that he came in touch with. He was very open and sharing and embraced life for its fullest. He and Mike Kiley were a stitch together, especially if left unattend!

Bob gave much for his brief time here. He served as such a wonderful example of what we should all attend to ... whiel we have the opportunity. He certainly left our world a much better place for his attention and sharing. He will be sorely missed and our prayers for comfort, bouyed by recollections of his life with us, and all of God's blessing are upon you and all of his family.

With our deepest sympathies ...

Bev and Jerry Love

Mike Hart
   Posted Wed February 08, 2012

I just found out... I'm so sorry!! Bob was a wonderful man whose guidance and support will never be forgotten.

All my thoughts and prayers,

Mike Hart