Dad, son 'tough' guys who would help anybody

December 01, 2003|by DON AINES

A father and son who died Saturday when their vehicle was hit by a falling tree shared a love of the rodeo and hunting, according to the wife and mother.

"They both were professional bull riders. Different eras, but they both did that," Nicole Kalbach of Warfordsburg said Sunday.

Her husband, Carlen R. Kalbach Jr., 57, and son, Richard Cory Kalbach, 24, both of 260 Locust Grove Road, died in the accident.

She said the two men were driving to a sporting goods store in Hancock to do some last-minute shopping for hunting supplies when the accident occurred on Old Route 126 near their Locust Grove Road home.


Pennsylvania State Police in Fulton County said the accident happened at about 1:15 p.m. Richard Kalbach was driving the 1999 Kia Sportage when it was hit by what police said was a massive white pine.

Nicole Kalbach said both men died at the scene.

Police did not indicate whether wind was a factor in the accident, but the area was buffeted by high winds Saturday afternoon.

Weather observer Jerry Ashway said he recorded a peak gust of 38 mph in Chambersburg, Pa., at about 1:50 p.m. and there were a number of gusts approaching that level in the preceding hour.

Carlen and Richard, who went by Cory, shared a passion for hunting, and the son accompanied his father each season since he turned 12 and was old enough to hunt, Nicole Kalbach said.

Carlen Kalbach rode bulls years ago, mostly at Cowtown, N.J., one of the biggest rodeos in the East, said his wife of 25 years. Her son rode "all over" on the American Professional Rodeo Association circuit, she said.

"They were tough," she said. At the same time, "they would have both done anything for anybody," she said.

"We have a small farm, and they both enjoyed working around the farm and small animals," Nicole Kalbach said.

Carlen Kalbach was the director of manufacturing for Cove Shoe Co. in Martinsburg, Pa., his wife said. He worked for the company for 35 years.

Her son had been employed as a truck driver by Schneider National for about a year, she said.

Carlen Kalbach is survived by a son from a previous marriage, Carl Rodney Kalbach of Lebanon, Pa., and a daughter, Tiffany Kalbach, a college student living at home, Nicole Kalbach said.

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