William M. Kolbe, 89
William M. Kolbe, 89, formerly of Milwaukee went home to be with the Lord on June 18, 2008 at the Langlade Memorial Hospital in Antigo, Wis.
He was born in the town of Marathon on March 23, 1919 to the late Emil and Helen (Kaatz) Kolbe. He worked in the Civil Conservation Corps Camp in Rusk County from April 16, 1936 to May 17, 1937. On March 11, 1941 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served honorably for 4 years, 8 months and 8 days during World War II.
While in service, Bill s erved in the 155 Howitzer Battalion as a truck driver, logging 4,000 miles in England and 20,000 miles in France, Germany and Austria. While in Germany, he was a translator at Dachau. He received his honorable discharge on Nov. 18, 1945.
In January 1946, Bill settled in Milwaukee, where he worked as a carpenter.
On Oct. 1, 1960 he married Harriet Klumb at Zion Lutheran Church near Allenton. He retired in 1983 and in 1985 moved to Wabeno.
Bill was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Wabeno and served on the building committee of Centennial Hall. He was an avid trout fisherman and hunter.
Bill is survived by his wife, Harriet; two children, Keith (Darlene) Kolbe, Menomonee Falls, and Sheila (Tom Ahlgrim) Kolbe, Northfield, Ill.; On grandson, Lance; four stepgrandchildren, Lisa (Terry) Spykstra, John and David Klitzman, and Duane Kessler; three step great-grandchildren, Brittany, Kassi and Gabbie; one sister, Hermine Fritz, West Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 12 brothers and sisters: Henry, Martin, Albert, Ben, Rudolph, Emily, Minnie, Robert, Elsie, Lena, Christine and Eva.
The visitation is from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wabeno on Saturday, June 21. Officiating is Pastor Craig Korth. Interment in the Trinity Lutheran Cemetary, Wabeno. Honoring Bill as pallbearers are Duane Kessler, Greg Klumb, Kyle Kreienbrink, Shawn Hintz, Keith B. Kolbe and Thomas Ahlgrim. Veteran honor guard and ceremonies by the American Legion Sylvan Post 44, Wabeno. Suminski Funeral Home (715-473-3131), Wabeno is assisting the family. Online condolences to www.suminskifuneral.com.