Obituary for Kalen M. Islam

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Kalen Mukul Islam, 20, of Onalaska, left this world on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, in a motorcycle accident.
He came into this world in record time on March 22, 1998, in Sparta to Saad and Alyson (Jirele) Islam.
Kalen has a great appetite for life, is a lover of music who marches to the beat of his own drum and has his own timetable; everything in Kalen’s time. He has a heart of gold, a personality to match, a smile that would light up a room, and a soft spot for absolutely every animal, including the ones he was allergic to. He had discovered a love of cooking, and enjoyed his work at Red Pines. His passion lies in justice and fairness for all people.
His love of vinyl records rivaled that of the greatest collectors. Everyone knew that they were his most prized possessions. He was known to broaden people’s musical horizons by sheer persistence.
High school didn’t work well for Kalen, but he was working on his HSED and was starting to feel like he had a direction, leaning toward a career in electrical engineering.
The family would like to thank the off-duty paramedics who went above and beyond the call to do everything they could in Kalen’s final moments. They would also like to thank all of the officers and everyone who responded to the scene for the support and the work they did.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by sister Khadijah, grandparents Iris Jirele-Donkers and Joe Donkers; Aunts Julie, Mary, Penny and Ruma; Uncles Rick, Alan, Roger, and Sultan; Cousins Michelle, Melanie, Arthur, Garrett, Prema, Probal, and Shama, girlfriend Senja Koski, and sibilings in spirit Ty Bertelsen, Will Kenny, Nick Danielson, Indiana Hauser and many more.
He walked from this world into the arms of grandfather Jerry Jirele and grandfather Walilul Islam Bhuiyan and grandmother Gulzar Begum, as well as many more extended family members and friends.
Services will be held at Journey Lutheran Church in Onalaska. A visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 10th from 4 – 7 pm. Visitation will continue on Saturday, August 11th at 4:30 pm with a memorial service to start at 5:30 pm. A meal and celebration of life will follow. People are encouraged to bring stories and music to share. The family would also like to encourage people to wear white in honor of the Muslim funeral tradition. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.