Gary L Kolbe
Gary L Kolbe

Visitation: Friday, February 15th, 2013 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva

Service: Saturday, February 16th, 2013 at 10:00 am at Yurs Funeral Home of Geneva

Burial Location: Private


Gary Lynn Kolbe, age 69, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Saturday, February 9, 2013, at his home in Geneva, Illinois.

Beloved husband of Janet; father of Lori Sherman and Cary (Dominika) Kolbe; step-father of Amanda Sullivan; grandfather to Brittany Sherman and Lance Bandy, and Nicole and Christopher Kolbe. Dear brother of Duane (Shirley) Kolbe of Zearing, Iowa; Don (Marilyn) Kolbe of Story City, Iowa; Karen (Eric) Baker of Elmhurst, Illinois; brother-in-law Jerry Schradle of Ames, Iowa. Fond uncle and loving friend of many. He was preceded in death by his parents Ruth and David Kolbe, brother Delos, and sister Donna Schradle.

Gary was born in January, 1944 where he grew up on a farm in Radcliffe, Iowa. He moved to the Chicagoland area in 1960 and began his 39 year railroad career at the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. He retired at the age of 62. An avid golfer, he devoted himself to perfecting his game, achieving his best handicap of “+2” at the age of 67.

Visitation will be held on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Yurs Funeral Home, 1771 W. State Street, Geneva, Illinois. Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at Yurs Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation ( or CNS Home Health and Hospice (


Jim Halper from Omaha NE

"Gary and I worked side by side in C
NW's grain group. I will always remember Gary as a caring and gentle soul who was always there to help. He was one the great people I have had the privilege of knowing. "

Jeff Liggett from Jupiter FL

"Gary and I worked together at CNW and played a lot of softball together. An excellent friend and he will be missed."

Duane LaMotte from Barrington IL

"I will miss your stupendous drives and companionship on the links.
May God bless your soul and hopefully you can tee it up in heaven.

Kurt & Colleen Frieders from Aurora IL

"We all have lost one of the truly good guys. They just don't make them much better than Gary. We feel blessed that we crossed paths with and became friends with Gary. He is already greatly missed."

Jill Schmidt from Palm Harbor FL

"Though years have passed since C&NW, I have many happy memories of Gary and our friendship. He was a thoughtful and gentle person. Condolences to his family. I know he will be missed by all who knew him.
Rest in peace, Gary. Memories of you will always bring a smile to my face."

Gayle and George Napoli from Wheaton IL

"Gary will be remembered as a loving, caring, dedicated, truly kind kind man. So many can learn so much from his character, his love of life, and the way he lived his life. What a blessing to have known him. Our sincere sympathy "


"I remember Gary when I was a kid watching the C&NW softball team. My dad was a great pitcher. However, if the ball was hit back to him he would always duck out of the way. Gary was his saving grace playing at short center, as he would always make the plays that my dad should have. I'm sure they are both on the same softball team in heaven!

I would like to extend my sincere condolences on behalf of my dad. Joe Umana Sr. and our whole family.

May God bless you and bring peace to your family during this difficult time.

Joe Umana Jr."

Joseph L Collins Jr from Omaha NE

"My codolences and prayers goes out to his family. He was a good man and GOD bless him well. As a former team mate on our Hall of Fame CNW softball team I was bless with knowning a good athlete and man of great integrity and honesty. I will miss his different view points on life. May GOD continue to bless!!! With Love always"

Andy Miller from Stockton CA

"Janet, my condolences to you and your family. Gary was a gentleman who always had a positive word for all he met. I enjoyed our time together at Eagle Brook, he will be missed by many."

Denny Sarlis from Atlanta GA

"I had the honor of meeting Gary and his wife Janet a few years ago during a very difficult time in my life. I will never forget their hospitality and Gary's words of wisdom. My thoughts and prayers are with the Kolbe family. "

Mark Tyler from Ames IA

"Gary was my brother inlaw, and he was a nice to me. He got me interested in cars and drag racing. when he and Cary came to Ames he stopped by the house and spent some time. He was my oldest Amys god father. I with I could have seen him one more time. God bless, and farwell. "

Alanna (Lonni) Sullivan from Oak Park IL

"I am deeply saddened to learn of Gary's passing. He was a good friend to me when we worked together at the C&NW Railroad all those years ago. He was a genuinely kind man who will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to his family. RIP, Gary. "

Bill and Karen Borchert from Lake Zurich IL

"Gary was one of the best! He always had time for you and always offerred a helping hand. The world needs more Gary's! We will miss you and were blessed by your friendship!"

Dale and Beth Naylor from Mesa AZ

"We were so saddened to learn of Gary's passing..Not only was he a school classmate, he was one of our best friends in life....We will miss him dearly....Our love and best wishes go out to all of Gary's family and friends ....Keep hitting it long and straight Gary...."



Dorothy Kuhfus Barnhart from Ankeny IA

"To the family of Gary. I was sadden with the passing of Gary and will keep praying for your family. The Radcliffe Class of "62 will miss him and his organizing the class reunions. Everyone will miss his smiling face. "

Bob Drake from HUBBARD IA

"Janet and family I'm soo sorry for your loss. I tried to call Gary on Saturday to see how he was doing. I wish I could have talked to him. I will miss golfing with him when he came to Radcliffe. The class of 62 will realy miss him, he held us all together. GOD BLESS YOU GARY!


Clydene Rex Branda from Des Moines IA

"Karen, Sorry for your loss and may God's grace be with you and your family during this time in your lives."

Carla R Lee from Ames IA

"I was a friend of Gary's sister & spent wonderful hours at the Kolbe home in Radcliffe IA. My heart reaches out to you & your family! Gary was one special person & offered us all a unique relationship with him. Mine was obviously a long time ago when he was a young man in Radcliffe, but nevertheless, he is much remembered! Blessings on all of you!"

Rita Rierson Neville from Corinth TX

"My heart is heavy with grief in hearing of Gary's passing. The Radcliffe Class of '62 will miss him so very much, as will all those who knew him. Sincere condolences to his entire family."





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