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Cantrell Funeral Home

609 S. Walnut St., Kimball, NE

OBITUARY

Mitchell L. Kolar

June 3, 1955January 7, 2020
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Mitchell L. Kolar, 64, of Kimball, died at his home in Kimball on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball with Pastor Kenneth Mars officiating. Burial will be held in the Kimball Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. Friends may also visit www.cantrellfh.com to leave condolences and stories for the family. Memorials may be given to the family. The services have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Mitchell Lynn Kolar was born in Lynch, Nebraska on June 3, 1955, the son of Richard and Elaine (Frisch) Kolar. He graduated from the Kimball County High School in 1973. During his high school career, Mitch was a three year letterman in football and a four year letterman in track. Following graduation he worked for the State of Nebraska on a survey crew as a concrete inspector from 1973-1974. He attended the University of Wyoming for 1 year. Mitch worked for the State of Wyoming from 1976 to 1978 in the Department of Roads on a survey crew and operated heavy equipment during snow removal and maintenance. In 1978 he went to work for Welton Construction in Saratoga, Wyoming as a concrete finisher on new home construction. He also did framing, siding, plumbing and interior and exterior construction. In 1984 he went to work for Western Contractors in Ord, Nebraska building bridge forms and doing concrete finishing on dam projects. Mitch then moved to California and worked in construction. He purchased Taxi a bar on Huntington Beach and operated this for a short time before moving to Lakewood, Colorado to purchase Balls Sports Saloon. After the death of his dad, Mitch moved to Kimball in 2002 to help take care of his mom. He worked for the UP Railroad until retiring in 2017. Mitch enjoyed all sports, and he worked as an usher for the Colorado Rockies during his retirement. He enjoyed working on cars and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast and was a member of the Red Knights Motorcycle Club-NE4 in Kimball.

Survivors include his sisters Barbara (Bruce) Bergstrom of Greybull, WY., and Lea (Gary) Geraud of Billings, MT; nieces and nephews Beau, Erin, Maya, and Bristol Bergstrom of Fruita, CO, Bret Bergstrom of Lander, WY, Brooke Bergstrom of Worland, WY, Michelle, Ryan, and Dayton VanAcker of Mesa, AZ, Susanne, Josh, and Mallory Kuhlman of Tempe, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents.

  • FAMILY

  • Survivors include his sisters Barbara (Bruce) Bergstrom of Greybull, WY., and Lea (Gary) Geraud of Billings, MT; nieces and nephews Beau, Erin, Maya, and Bristol Bergstrom of Fruita, CO, Bret Bergstrom of Lander, WY, Brooke Bergstrom of Worland, WY, Michelle, Ryan, and Dayton VanAcker of Mesa, AZ, Susanne, Josh, and Mallory Kuhlman of Tempe, AZ. He was preceded in death by his parents.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mark Whetham, Pallbearer
  • Steve Whetham, Pallbearer
  • Bob Sisk, Pallbearer
  • Tom Bartles, Pallbearer
  • Beau Bergstrom, Pallbearer
  • Bret Bergstrom, Pallbearer
  • Red Knights Motorcycle Club-NE4, Kimball, Nebraska Chapter, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020

Memories

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David Castor

January 16, 2020

I forgot to leave my cell phone number if anyone would like to talk more about my memories of Mitch. Most of them would mostly be of all three of us. Mitch, Tom and I. I could talk for hours on the memories. So long ago but sometimes it seems like yesterday. 541-891-5957

David Castor

January 16, 2020

Last weekend I was cleaning out some drawers and came across this photo. It brought back so many memories. Had to take it in and show my girlfriend asking her if she wanted to see one of my best friends growing up in Nebraska. I just found out yesterday that Mitch had passed. Wonder if running across this photo he was letting me know? Jeez the stories we could tell about growing up. All the baseball games we played together. We were the pitching rotation, Mitch, Tom and I. Tom the Lefty, everyone knows you can't hit a lefty. Mitch the Junker, man that kid could throw a curve ball. And me the only one that had any control. This picture was taken in 1999. I was in some suburb of Denver for a family reunion and contacted Mitch and Tom so we could get together. Mitch's bar was the only bar that my money was no good in. And talk about a couple of awesome looking women working for him. He told me the interviews for the job went well. Damn I wish I could be there. If Tom shows up for Mitch ask him to contact me. I would really like to chat. Anyone else can contact me also. God I miss the times we had growing up. Sorry for our loss. Dave

Tony Ferris

January 14, 2020

Mitch was my student engineer at the Union Pacific Rail Road . Over a six month period We worked a lot , in an effort to get his hours for his engineers license . I lenjoyed hearing stories of the people he met out in California . He really lived his life , and truley cared for his friends and family . I never got to tell him, but he helped me with the loss of my daughter . One of the best memories was when Mitch, Chuck and myself rode our Harley’s out to the bunk house bar and grill (near court gowdy ) and just hung out and laughed till our sides hurt . You will be missed , I’ll see you again some day brother !!!
God Bless
Tony Ferris

Diane Hull

January 12, 2020

My condolences to the Kolar family, Mitch was a really good guy! I worked with him on the railroad in Cheyenne and spent many hours on trains together. While I tried to make it happen, we never got out to the golf course together. Have missed him the past few years . . . . . . . . thoughts and prayers to the family in this difficult time.

Mike MARTIN

January 11, 2020

Meet Mitch when he owned Balls Sports Saloon, I was the captain of the darts team me and him played on when we won it all. Good times.. ..Mitch did know how to run a bar business that bar was happening for at least 10 years, it's never been the same since he left. Will miss him. One thing I will remember about Mitch he had a kind heart always willingly to help someone out. My condolences to mitch's family.

Ronald Mcomber

January 11, 2020

Had a bunch of great times riding the rail together. Laughing joking seemed a 12 hour trip was only 8. Found out we had the same friends in Denver on the Dart league. But I didn’t know Mitch. Only joined RR 4 yrs before him. Small World. Glad I can call him a good friend. R.I.P Mitch 😢

Sue Vencill

January 10, 2020

Barb and Leah - so sorry to hear about Mitch. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both...

paula Davidson

January 10, 2020

Oh my gosh, I can't believe it! I'm so sorry Lea and Barb.

Ken Cline

January 10, 2020

So many memories with cousin Mitch, our thoughts and prayers are with the Kolar family.

Becky MacMillan

January 9, 2020

So sorry to hear of Mitch's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kolar family.

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