Gary A. Kolb

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

1940 - 2019


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Gary Alan Kolb, 79, of Cross Lanes, WV passed away July 3, 2019 after a long illness and was surrounded by his family.  Gary was born March 13, 1940 in Rock Falls, IL to the late Ernie and Josephine (Baker) Kolb, where he grew up playing baseball, football, basketball and track.  He was...

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Thank you so much for all the joy you brought to me and millions of other baseball fans. And thank you for your time in making your fans feel a part of the game, too.

Lisa, Todd and your entire family will be in my thoughts and Prayers. Kolby was a "one of a kind" and a great coach/teacher of the game of baseball. To this day, I continue to pass on his baseball lessons learned from Gary Kolb over 40 years ago. God Bless.

Kolby, you were not only the best coach I had, but the most inspiring. Thank you for the role you played in making me the college player I was and the coach and person I am today. I will always cherish those summers on the diamond, and working together on our fencing jobs.

I grew up in Pittsburgh and Gary was the first batter I ever heard announcer Bob Prince introduce and give play by play on. I followed him that year (68) and in 1969 before he went down to the minors. Always wondered about him after that. Nice to hear that he had a nice and productive life after baseball. God Bless you Gary for that lasting memory and all the best to your family.

Jeff Barto
A fan from the '60s.

Lisa and Todd, You know you all have been a part of our family for many years..! Your Dad taught me to be a better hitter while playing in Big League. He taught me the nuances of the game and to respect it. I remember you all, Georgia, and Gary coming over to watch Steeler games in the 70's. What a great time to be a Steeler fan with you all and Gary..! Lots of laughs, stories, and great wins..! You all remain in my heart and in my prayers..!

My condolences to the Kolb family for your loss, may God bless him and your family. Gary was the head coach for the 1981 and 1982 Senior Babe Ruth All-Star teams I was proud to be selected to play on. Gary coached us to 2 straight state titles that I will always remember. He was a good coach and a good man.

My condolences to the Kolb family. When I was in high school I worked with Gary at Watt Powell Park, I was on the grounds crew. Gary was one of my hero's and was very good to me. Gary was a very positive influence on me when it was really important. I work in Russia and will be unable to attend the celebration of his life but there are prayers for him and his family from Russia. I also remember Lisa who was very young then how I know a father could not have loved a daughter any more than he...

All the best to the friends and family.