Joseph Ray Kolbe
May 18, 1944 – September 6, 2019
Joseph Ray Kolbe passed away peacefully on Friday September 6, 2019 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN surrounded by family.
Joe was born in Panora, IA on May 18, 1944 to Joseph and Violet Kolbe. The youngest of four children and only boy, Joe grew up in and around Panora. He met the love of his life, Karen Fidler, in the summer of 1963. Joe and Karen were married in August of 1966 and just celebrated 53 years of marriage. Joe and Karen were blessed with three boys and raised their family in West Des Moines, IA. Joe and Karen moved to Sarasota, Florida in 1997 and split their time between Florida and Iowa for the last several years.
Joe spent the majority of his career around the construction industry. He loved working with his hands and could build almost anything. Retirement was not in Joe’s vocabulary and he continued to work full time up until he got ill 3 weeks ago. Joe’s kind spirit, love of life, and strong faith touched and inspired all who met him.
Joe is survived by his wife Karen, sons Todd (Kirk McVey) of West Des Moines, IA, Scott (Stacy) and their children Mason, Josie, Addison, Camryn and ReAnn of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Aaron (Amy) and their children Taylor and AJ of Waukee, IA; sisters, Joan Foresman of Des Moines, IA, Ruth Bartholomew of Sullivan, MO, and Lila Markanovich of Tigard, OR; numerous nieces nephews, extended family, and many lifelong friends. His parents Joe and Violet preceded Joe in death.
- Mason Kolbe
- A.J. Kolbe
- Doug Fidler
- Dick Fidler
- Curt Kole
- Keith Oeltjensbruns
- Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, September 12, 2019
Joseph Ray Kolbe
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September 10, 2019
Dear Karen and family,
I'm sending my heartfelt love and sympathy as we come to grips with the sad reality of losing Joe. He was such a special guy and a friend to all who had the good fortune to know Joe Kolbe.
God Bless you all,