Lyle Irving KallestadLyle Irving Kallestad was born August 12, 1928, on the family farm near Michigan in Nelson County, North Dakota, to John C. and Minnie (Master) Kallestad. He was baptized at Michigan Lutheran Church and attended Williams Consolidated School. He graduated from Michigan High School in 1946 and in September was inducted into the US Army. He was assigned to the Signal Corps and served with Occupational Forces in Yokohama, Japan. Following his honorable discharge in December 1947, he enrolled at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Education.
On June 30, 1950, at Center Lutheran Church in rural Michigan, Lyle was united in marriage to Donna Hendrickson. After marriage they lived and taught in Colgate, Finley and Lakota, North Dakota. During these years Lyle continued his education and received his Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance from the University of North Dakota. He worked as a Counselor at Wahpeton High School, Grand Forks Central High School, and Eielson Elementary School in North Dakota. Lyle also served as president and member of the North Dakota Personnel and Guidance Association, and was a member of NEA and NDEA. After his retirement, Lyle and Donna moved to Northfield, Minnesota to be near their sons.