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Alberto C. Kalaskas, 73, of Williamsburg, lost his fight with pancreatic cancer on July 1, 2016.
Alberto was born in Boklaoan, Kapangan, Benguet, Philippines to Doeno and Mayang Kalaskas. He grew up in Baguio City, Philippines.
Later he joined the U.S. Navy and rose to the rank of master chief. In his 30-year career, he served in the Vietnam War and cruised and travelled the world. He was awarded the following: Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, two National Defense Service Medals, three Vietnam Service Medals, Vietnam Campaign Medal, RVN MUC (Gallantry Cross), Sea Service Ribbon, .38 Marksman Ribbon, and a Seventh Good Conduct Award for the period ending Nov. 7, 1991. The Navy took his family from San Diego, California to Williamsburg, Va.
After he and Shirley retired, they focused on their religious calling to spread the word of God in the Philippines via medical and dental missions. With the help and the generosity of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church community and friends, they were able to start and fund several missions that are ongoing.
Alberto is survived by his mother, Mayang Kalaskas; his wife of 49 years, Shirley Kalaskas; and his siblings, Amado Kalaskas (Joanna), Antonio Kalaskas (Luz), Stella Anton, Patricia Butangen (Joseph), Bernard Anton (Janet), Benedict Anton, Valentino Anton (Jessica) and John Anton (Marciana); his children, Alice Allred and Albert Kalaskas (Stefanie); and his grandchildren, Danielle and Lizam Kalaskas and Sarah and Alex Allred. He was preceded in death by his father, Doeno Kalaskas, and his brothers, Jose Anton and Dionisio Anton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. There will be a Celebration of Life service at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, at 2 p.m., Friday, July 8. Graveside services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Albert & Shirley’s Philippine Mission, c/o Williamsburg United Methodist Church.
Online condolences to the family can be made at www.NelsenCares.com.