McHENRY – John Kolby, 92, passed away peacefully at his home Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. |
John lived a full and productive life marked by quiet leadership and service to God, his family, his country, his work and to his many volunteer efforts that continued into his 90s. John, also known as "Izony," was born in Chicago on May 21, 1921, and graduated from Kelvyn Park Sr. High School in 1939.
He started his career at Union Special Machine Company as a machinist and electrician, then enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served from July 1940 through the duration of World War II, including engagement in Guadalcanal during 1942 and 1943. Following his honorable discharge in October 1945, he returned to Union Special and was foreman of Department "GG" and its 24/7 "go-to" person at its facilities in Chicago and then Huntley for many years until his retirement in 1985.
He married the love of his life, Dorothy, in 1949 and cherished her through her untimely passing in 1991. He raised his family first in Palatine and then in Crystal Lake, and spent his retirement years in Huntley and McHenry. He was endlessly generous with his time and care, especially with his grandchildren, Jeanette and Michael. He was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Crystal Lake, St. Mary in Huntley and St. Patrick in McHenry and served as an usher at each parish.
John actively participated in his children's many sports teams and hobbies, was an avid golfer and was a dedicated fan of the White Sox, Blackhawks, Bears and Bulls. He was an active participant in local cribbage and pinochle groups and won multiple club championships. He traveled to cribbage tournaments and won several sanctioned events, and achieved his goal of earning the title of Cribbage Master at the tender age of 90. His volunteer efforts in support of the elderly and less fortunate earned him special recognition from the Salvation Army, the Crystal Lake Senior Citizens Club and the state of Illinois. John would never say "no" when asked to help with any family, church or club-related activity. He would never turn down a Scrabble challenge, loved to solve word and number puzzles and almost never missed "Wheel."
He is now joyfully reunited with his parents, George and Josephine; his wife, Dorothy; his oldest son, Robert; his cherished grandson, Michael; and his brothers Ted, Gene, Harry and Lenny. He is survived by his children, Linda Dentro of McHenry, Mark (Beth) Kolby of Lakemoor and Sue Kolby of Crown Point, Ind.; his beloved granddaughter, Jeanette Dentro; his sister, Emily Kopec of Rockford; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
We all "Love You Most."
The visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Colonial Funeral Home, 591 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry. A prayer service will commence at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, followed by a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass celebration at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3500 Washington St., McHenry. Burial services in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Huntley will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul or White Sox Charities are suggested. Masses are requested.
For information, call funeral home at 815-385-0063.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Oct. 5, 2013