Robert Kolar

Robert Kolar

Robert KolarRobert “Hub” Kolar, age 79 of Walnut Grove, passed away Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at Prairie View Senior Living in Tracy surrounded by his family.  Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 23 at English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.  Burial is in Walnut Grove Cemetery.  Online condolences may be sent at  Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Robert James Kolar was born July 8, 1937 in Tracy, Minnesota to Charles and Myrtle (Shellum) Kolar.  He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith.  Hub attended country school in rural Walnut Grove and later Walnut Grove High School.  Hub became a welder in 1953 at the age of 16 and worked for 60 years at Lads Manufacturing.  On January 29, 1957 he married Geneva Nissel in Milroy.  The couple was blessed with nine children.  Hub did a lot of fabrication and donated a lot of time to the Laura Ingalls Wilder pageant.  He was a member of the Walnut Grove Fire Department for 21 years and served as Assistant Chief for several years.  Hub enjoyed Rolle Bolle, golf, trap shooting, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.  He loved decorating the house for Christmas.

Hub is survived by his wife Geneva of 60 years; children: Ron (Cindy) of Sioux Falls, SD, Rocky (Karen) of Westbrook, Bob of Sioux City, IA, Twyla Kronschnabel of Montrose, MN, Cindy Kolar of Humboldt, SD, Jon (Patty) of Tracy, Mary (Blaine) Corlett of Harrisburg, SD, Lynae (Greg) Scotting of Montrose, SD, and Gene (Missy) of Sergeant Bluff, IA;  grandchildren: Brady and Austin Kolar, Shaun Kolar, Crystal Knakmuhs, Chandra Carlson, Samantha Palmer, Al, Rob, and John Kolar, Trevor, Dustin, and Nick Lickteig, Jayce, Jared, and Jesse Corlett,  Tarra Berent, Brandon Kronschnabel, Christina Plautz, Heather Snyder, Kortney Kolar, Tony and Derrick Kolar, Tate, Mathew, Hope, and Riley Scotting, Abby and Andy Kolar; 25 great grandchildren; siblings: Albert “Butch” Kolar of Clare, IA and Judy (Jerry) Grothe of Zumbrota; his dog Oliver; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, great grandson Breckon Berent, and daughter-in-law Jodi Kolar.

14 thoughts on “Robert Kolar”

  1. Trevor and Ashley Wendorff

    Thinking of you all during this difficult time! Hub was such a great man! Glad we got to stop in today before we left. Take care and let us know if there is anything we can do! Hugs!

  2. To the Kolar family,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. May he now be at peace. My thoughts and prayers to you all. Hub, glad I got to meet you! Rest in peace.

  3. Dutch & Leone Nienhaus

    Geneva & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about. We had such a good time last summer when we came to visit. We still talk about it.
    We are planning on coming on Friday. It just depends on the weather. At least Hub is now at peace.
    Dutch & Leone Nienhaus

  4. Eunice Christensen

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Loved ones are especially missed at Christmas time, and other special days. This will be a difficult holiday season for you. Please know that I will remember you and all your family in my thoughts and prayers, Geneva. Cherish the memories of your 60 years together. Love and all good wishes from Eunie Christensen in Clive, Iowa,

  5. Geneva and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the Lord wrap his arms around you all. My love and prayers go out to you.

    Sondra Coulter

  6. Chuck and Shell Kurkosky

    Jon and Family,
    We want you to know we are thinking of you and praying for comfort and peace for you and your family. You have been a part of our lives for over 3 years and are family to us. We are here for anything you may need. Your dad will spend Christmas this year with the one who gave us eternal life. Jesus Christ. What a celebration that must be. As you take time to reflect during this difficult time, remember that you have many friends that are here for you. With love, comfort and sympathy. Chuck, Shell, Casey, Kelsey, Carter, Charlie Jo, Amy and Christopher

  7. Mel and Darla Wille

    Geneva and Family,
    We are so sorry to read of your loss at this special time of the year. Our history’s go back for many years. From old country school days, you and I, to the hours spent at Ladds waiting for repairs ,or many cups of coffee shared with Hub and Steve at Dorthys. You will be in our thoughts.
    Mel and Darla Wille

  8. Donna "Bruder" Rosin

    Geneva and Family
    I’m sorry to hear of Hub’s passing. I remember playing in the city park with Mary and Lynae and running over to Lad’s for whatever reason. Just to say HI or if we needed assistance. Or running around your yard with Mary, Lynae, Ernie and Weiner playing hide and seek and making all sorts of noise…..neither of you minded. Great Memories. Blessing’s and Comfort to each of you.

  9. Dana and Melissa Klontz Family

    May peace find your entire family this Christmas. Robert “Hub” was an amazing man! God Bless!

    Dana, Melissa, Brooke, Hunter, and Keegan Klontz

  10. Geneva and all of you kids and grandkids,
    Hub was a great guy that was always full of humor and a hard worker at the blacksmith shop. My sympathy goes out to you all. May God bless you during this difficult time.
    Dan Peterson
    Walnut Grove

  11. Brian and Kat Vanderlinden

    Geneva and family… So sorry for your loss. Celebrate Hub’s life and cherish the many fond memories you have. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    *Brian and Kat (Flesner) Vanderlinden

  12. Jim Nelson - Dawson, MN

    I worked for the city of Walnut Grove in 84 and 85. While there I got to know Hub real fast as he was the one that did our repairs. In the short time that I was there it was clear that he was an important part of the community. I joined the fire department and got to know him even better — picked on me a lot but I think it was because he liked me — or maybe he just liked picking on me! Darrel Knutson worked with me and Hub picked on him too! Come to think of it – he picked on everybody. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting up with him for coffee in the mornings and afternoons — the BS really flew then. My public works career took us to many locations and my wife and I have noted many times that our time in Walnut was our favorite and it was because of Hub and the other great people there! God bless Hub and his family.

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