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Frank Richard Kalusa
  • February 24, 1947
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  • September 11, 2021

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Frank Richard Kalusa,74, of Ocala, Florida, passed away unexpectedly in his home on September 11th.  

He was born to parents Frank and Dorothy Kalusa, on February 24, 1947, in Camden, New Jersey.  Frank proudly served in the United States Army as an Infantry Sergeant (E-5).  He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the Purple Heart and an Army Commendation.  The discipline and patriotism he learned in the Army never left him, as friends and family will attest.

Following his service, Frank returned home to New Jersey, where he met and fell in love with his wife of 51 years, Linda (Watkins), who survives him.  Frank is also survived by his two sons, Frank Jr. and wife Colleen of Atco, New Jersey, and Richard and wife Ivy of Kennesaw, Georgia; along with four grandchildren, Allison, Jason, Nathan and Liam.  Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to anyone that he came across.

Frank, along with Linda, built a life together in Camden County, New Jersey while raising their two boys before relocating and spending the rest of his years in Tampa and Ocala, Florida.  He used his natural gifts of conversation and affable nature to have a successful career in banking and sales throughout his life. Frank was also a very skilled musician playing keyboards and saxophone professionally from the age of twelve until the time he passed.

He loved traveling and especially taking cruises.  Always the avid cameraman, his travels with his family have been well documented throughout the years with pictures and videos taken through his eyes.  He also loved spending time and being the “Life of the Party” with family and friends over the course of his life.  Anyone who knew Frank was touched with his generosity, humor, and infectious energy.  The absence of his presence will be missed more than words can say.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 4, 2021 at 12:30p.m. for family and friends  at Florida National Cemetery. Bushnell, Florida. A live stream of the memorial service can be found on Frank’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fkalusa1).

The family insists that people make donations in support of the Wounded Warrior Project (WoundedWarriorProject.Org), in lieu of sending flowers.


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  1. Jeane Cole lit a candle:
    27 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 27, 2021 at 9:19:27 AM

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    25 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 25, 2021 at 9:59:52 AM

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    25 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 25, 2021 at 9:34:44 AM

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    24 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 24, 2021 at 9:53:28 PM

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    24 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 24, 2021 at 9:15:48 PM

  6. Usha and Joe Vargas posted an image:
    24 Sep 2021
    I was thrilled to capture this photo of our Dear Neighbor Frank during a December 2019 Golf Cart Parade in On Top of the World.  We will miss you Frank.  You were one of the first neighbors who welcomed us into the Windsor West Community and always cracked a joke that made us smile.  May your soul rest in peace.  Namaste.
    I was thrilled to capture this photo of our Dear Neighbor Frank during a December 2019 Golf Cart Parade in On Top of the World. We will miss you Frank. You were one of the first neighbors who welcomed us into the Windsor West Community and always cracked a joke that made us smile. May your soul rest in peace. Namaste.

  7. Shawn Perry lit a candle:
    23 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 23, 2021 at 9:20:46 PM

  8. Nathan and Liam posted an image:
    23 Sep 2021
    We will miss your silliness and how you make us laugh. We will miss hanging out and having fun with you when you come visit and when we go on our family trips. We will miss how much you showed us you loved us. We will never forget you Nonno!
    We will miss your silliness and how you make us laugh. We will miss hanging out and having fun with you when you come visit and when we go on our family trips. We will miss how much you showed us you loved us. We will never forget you Nonno!

  9. Bonnie Kerr lit a candle:
    23 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 23, 2021 at 9:16:32 PM

  10. Emily Shemansky says:
    23 Sep 2021
    Frank always did it his way.We will sure miss our music man.He gave us so many happy times and lots of good memories through years.He was a great brother in law to be remembered always!With love Boots and Vince

  11. Candice Oneill lit a candle:
    23 Sep 2021
    Lit since September 23, 2021 at 9:32:00 PM

  12. Candice Oneill posted an image:
    23 Sep 2021
    Linda & Frank 1970's
    Linda & Frank 1970's

  13. Linda Kalusa posted an image:
    23 Sep 2021
    My last picture of Frank, he was in his happy place, playing music.<br />
You will be missed, love you!
    My last picture of Frank, he was in his happy place, playing music.
    You will be missed, love you!

  14. Charlie Calhoun says:
    22 Sep 2021
    My dear friend and fellow veteran,I will miss you greatly.
    See you in the next world Valhalla.
    Charlie

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