Myron “Mike” Ralph Kalish

July 11, 1925 ‒ December 31, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Myron “Mike” Ralph Kalish, 91, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Mansfield.  Mike was born July 11, 1925 in Toledo, Ohio to Jacob C. and Lillian R. (Sweet) Kalish.

He was a graduate of Mansfield Senior High School in 1944 receiving his diploma while in the armed forces as he had been deployed during his senior year of high school. Mike was a member of the track and cross country teams in high school.

While in the Army, Mike served in Germany, France, Normandy and Central Europe. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic service in action in Germany capturing 11 enemy soldiers.  He received the Purple Heart Medal along with other numerous awards.

After his discharge from the Army, Mike graduated from The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He had worked as a certified public accountant along with his father and wife in the family practice.

His family was his priority and he loved them very much. He was married to the love of his life, his wife, Joan, for 45 years. Mike and Joan taught their children and grandchildren strong values along with showing their love for each other during their marriage.

Mike was a member of the Emanuel Jacob Congregation, the Jaguar Club of Ohio, the Electronic Flyers, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics. He began model airplane building at a very young age.  He would spend Sunday afternoons at the “flying field” along with his family and fellow club members with their remote control airplanes maneuvering them in the sky. Mike was one of the best, a site to be seen. He later assisted his sons in building aerodynamic soap box derby cars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Shirley Joan (Rosen), his grandson Garret Kalish and brother-in-law Norman Muehsam.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Sheryl and Howard Klein of Westerville; son Rodney Kalish of Columbus; son David Kalish of Mansfield; grandchildren Ashley (Pieter) Till, Tyler Kalish, Josia Klein and Leland Klein; great-granddaughter Ainsley Till; sister Audrey Muehsam of Teaneck, NJ; along with several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 4, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue, Mansfield, Ohio. Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 5, at 10 a.m. at Snyder Funeral Home led by Cantor Nancy Shimer.  Military honors performed by American Legion Post #535 of Bellville will be held on the funeral home grounds. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Myron’s memory to Emanuel Jacob Congregation, The American Heart Association, or a charity of your choice may be made through the funeral home.

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  • I will always remember going with Uncle Mike to fly his RC airplanes during our summer visits to Mansfield. His most memorable airplane was the Blue Angel model. I learned so much about airplanes and life from him. He will always be remembered.

  • Very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing, Ernie. Please know, since we can’t be with you in person, we will certainly be there in thought.

  • Sheryl, Rodney and David. So sorry to hear about your dad passing. He was a kind man and a great neighbor while growing up. Really impressed with the sacrifices he made for our country while serving in the Army. Though we are many miles apart, the entire Mosier family is thinking about the Kalish family during this tough time. Love to all!

  • Sheryl, Rodney and David-

    Thank you for your trust in allowing me to serve your family this week. Considering the circumstances, it was a privilege to assist all of you with Myron’s services. Selfless, loving, and devoted: I’ve learned these attributes about your father this week. He must have been a wonderful man. Please let me know if you need anything.


    Sean Snyder