Neal B. Kolbo|
March 28, 1925 - April 17, 2014
Neal B. Kolbo was ushered into the presence of his Lord on Thursday, April 17 following complications from a recent fall.
Neal was born in Denver, Colorado and considered it an honor to serve his country in WW2 with the 20th Air Force 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bomb Group, 883rd Bomber Squadron. He was a master gunner on a B29. He married his high school sweetheart, Sara Mae Harrison in 1946 and settled in Nampa, Idaho where he built a business as an architect, specializing in college, state, school, civic, manufacturing and church facilities as well as residences. He served as a national board member of the American Institute of Architects. He often said that he couldn't believe he got paid for doing something he loved so much.
Neal was a founding board member of the Christian School Foundation in Nampa and served on its board for 26 years. He also served many years as a board member of Western Baptist College (now Corban University). In 2009 he and his wife moved to Salem, where he became a member of New Life Community Church.
The most important thing in his life was his faith in Jesus Christ, and he was privileged to teach God's Word for over 60 years, mentoring many and encouraging all to live for and serve the Lord.
Neal was preceded in death by his wife Sara in 2010 and newborn son, David John. He is survived by son Brad Kolbo & Bonnie, daughter Debra & Keith Churilla, 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Friday, April 25 at 2 pm at Howell Cemetery followed by a memorial service at 4 pm at Capital Baptist Church, 3000 Lansing Ave. NE. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 22, 2014