Kolb, William F. "Bill"
William F. "Bill" Kolb, 79, De Pere, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013, after a yearlong struggle with lung cancer. He was born March 18, 1934, in De Pere to Anthony and Pearl (Spear) Kolb.
Bill grew up in De Pere and graduated from Nicolet High School. On July 10, 1954, he married Rosalie "Lee" VandeLogt at St. Mary Catholic Church in De Pere. Following his wedding, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Germany. After his discharge from the military, Bill worked for the city of De Pere before beginning his career with the De Pere Fire Department. He retired in 1989 after 21 years. Bill had achieved the rank of Lieutenant and worked as the Fire Department's Training Officer. Bill was an accomplished craftsman who enjoyed home remodeling. His remodels included a cottage in Athelstane which his family enjoyed for many years. In later years, Bill and Lee bought and remodeled a cottage in Egg Harbor. The cottage in Door County featured a gazebo which Bill built that slept six people. Bill was a loving husband and for many years cared for his wife, Lee, who suffered with rheumatoid arthritis.
Bill is survived by his children, Debbie Kolb, Franklin, WI; Pam and John Jenk, Hales Corners, WI; Mark and Carolyn Kolb, Hudson, WI; Lisa Maas, Green Bay; Stuart and Pam Kolb, Green Bay; Mary Kolb, De Pere; Bill and Amy Kolb, Brookfield, WI; eleven grandchildren, Leah, Austin, Jennifer, Eric, Veronica, Mariah, Mackenzie, Benjamin, Brittany, Rachel, Connor; one sister, Ruby (Bob) Ahasay; three brothers, Gene Kolb, Lloyd (Beverly) Kolb; Darrell Kolb and Cathy; sister-in-law, Nancy Ringblom; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosalie "Lee"; his parents; son-in-law, Bob Maas; brothers, Jerome and Donald Kolb; and a special sister-in-law, Trudy Kolb.
The visitation was held at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013. The Parish Wake Service was held at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends also called from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 4805 Sportsman Dr. in Ledgeview. The Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at the church with Rev. Richard Getchel officiating and Rev. John Harper concelebrating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Bill's name.
The Kolb family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Green Bay Oncology for their care of Bill during his illness.
Blaney Funeral Home
1521 Shawano Ave. Green Bay, WI 54303
Published in De Pere Journal on Dec. 26, 2013