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Verne M. Kolba

Born: March 30, 1926; in Reedsburg, WI

Died: July 23, 2014; in Joliet, IL

Verne M. Kolba, age 88, of Morris, passed away peacefully on July 23, 2014, at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, in Joliet. Born March 30, 1926 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, Verne was the son of the late Paul Henry William and Esther Anne (Blank) Kolba.

Verne graduated from Reedsburg High School, and then attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls, Wisconsin and Valparaiso University in Indiana.

He entered the United States Navy in 1944 during WW II, serving with the USN Submarines branch. He was honorably discharged with a rank of S1/c.

Verne married Dolores June Laatsch on January 29, 1950, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson, Wisconsin.

He worked as a scientist/engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, retiring after 30 years. Verne was a lifeline and transport volunteer at the Morris Hospital. He enjoyed playing euchre and going out to eat.

Verne is survived by his children, daughter, Susan (Joe) Klein of Texas; son, Dean (Jan) Kolba of Massachusetts; son, James (Karen) Kolba of Plainfield, IL; and daughter, Linda Kolba of Colorado. Also survived by nine grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Dolores.

Visitation for Verne will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2014, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, located at 301 West Washington Street in Morris. A Celebration of Verne's life will be held at 11:00 am Monday, July 28, 2014, at the Peace Lutheran Church, officiated by Pastor Luanne Bettisch in Morris. Burial will be on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at 12:00 noon at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery with full military honors presented by the Morris Color Guard.

Memorials may be made in Verne's name to the Peace Lutheran Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W Washington Street, Morris, Illinois. For further information visit the website at www.ucdaviscallahan.com or contact the funeral home at 815- 942-0084. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting the website.
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Published in The Herald-News on July 25, 2014
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