Darwin E Kolle

December 2, 1924October 7, 2020

Darwin Kolle, a long time resident of Tyler and member of Glenwood Church of Christ, passed away peacefully on October 7, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas.

Mr. Kolle was born December 2, 1924 in Victoria County Texas to the late Jesse C. Kolle and Ottilie Willemin Kolle. He graduated from Patti Welder High School, Victoria, TX in 1942. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Army Medical Corp from 1942 to 1946 with the Americal Division in the South Pacific. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars and the Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Bronze Star. In 1948 he graduated from Gradwohl School of Medical Technology in St Louis, MO. After completing an internship in Corpus Christi, TX he became a Registered Medical Technologist. He married Dorothy Rose Kolle on May 6, 1949, in Corpus Christi, TX. He was Director of Laboratory at Lufkin Memorial Hospital from 1950-1955. He was Technical Director of Stewart Blood Bank in Tyler from 1956 -1969. During his time in Tyler he served as President of International Society of Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Treasurer for South Central Association of Blood Banks 1966-1972. Upon leaving Tyler he worked for Blood Services of Texarkana, Blood & Plasma Research of Scottsdale, AZ. and Beaumont, TX. Moving back to Tyler in 1980 he pursued his passion for floral design until 2018 when he moved to San Antonio. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Dorothy Rose Kolle, son Edwin Lynn Kolle and wife Liz, daughter Kerry Kolle Rutledge and husband Maitland Jr. Grandchildren Sage Kolle and wife Jessie, Forrest Kolle, Maitland Rutledge III, and great granddaughters Evelyn Dale Kolle and Emelia Rae Kolle. Darwin loved fishing with his family and watching the sun go down on the Texas Gulf coast. He was a true “nature lover”!

Memorials may be made to Christian Homes & Family Services of East Texas or a charity of your choice


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Jeanne Thompson

October 19, 2020

Dorothy and family.
We’ve kinda lost touch but I still have 50 or so years of memories. I’m so sorry to read about Darwin. I remember him all those years ago at the blood bank and in later years enjoyed visiting with him at Hobby Lobby. My but the years have flown.
My prayers are with you all during this time. I hope you are well. I wish we could sit down for a visit and a cup of boiled custard. I remember your mom made some one year at the clinic.
Thinking about you at this time. May God bless you and hold you close.
Jeanne Thompson

Melissa Rasmussrn

October 14, 2020

Carl and I moved to Tyler the same year Darwin and Dorothy did. They were my parents age. We all attended Glenwood together. I had no idea they were so close to us in SA as we live at Canyon Lake.
I remember I enjoyed Darwin’s company. He was always in a good mood and made you laugh. He will be missed. Love you Dorothy!

Cynthia Rubsamen

October 14, 2020

Although I never met Mr. Kolle, I am sure he was a prince of a fellow. His daughter Kerry and her family certainly are terrific people and friends. My heart and prayers for comfort and assurance are with them.

Cindy Rubsamen


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