Robert “Bob” Eugene Kolberg

Robert “Bob” Eugene Kolberg, age 96, of Gayville, South Dakota, died on Friday, October 8, 2021 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Friday, October 15, 2021, at the Gayville Lutheran Church in Gayville, South Dakota with Pastor Velma Larson officiating.  The funeral will be live streamed and can be viewed at Burial will be in the Gayville Cemetery with military honors provided by the Rudolph-Christensen American Legion Post No. 237 in Gayville.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Masks are recommended to attend the services for Bob.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Gayville Lutheran Church 307 Washington Street, Gayville, South Dakota, 57031.

Pallbearers will be: Todd Bye, Jerry Gustad, David Hovden, Barry VanOsdel, Brad VanOsdel and Parker Erickson.  Honorary pallbearers will be: Mark Erickson and Eric Roozen.

Robert “Bob” Eugene Kolberg was born May 1, 1925, to Jorgen and Gertrude (Dykstra) Kolberg.  He attended the one room Inch School for grades K through 8 and then attended and graduated from Gayville High School in 1943 as the class Salutatorian.  He was drafted into the Army in March of 1945, serving at the Middle Pacific Headquarters in Hawaii.  Bob was honorably discharged in November of 1946 as a Staff Sergeant and returned to Gayville to farm and raise cattle.  He was proud to farm the land that was his family’s homestead and that was honored for being part of South Dakota agriculture for 125 years.

Bob married Anna Marie Geurink of Orange City, IA in March of 1956 and was happily married until Anna Marie passed away in 2003.  Over the years he was a Northrup King seed dealer, a collector of John Deere tractors, and was active in the American Legion serving as Chaplain.  He proudly drove the school bus for Gayville-Volin schools for 30 years, and was a Head Start bus driver in Yankton.  Bob volunteered as a Gayville School Third Grade Buddy, was part of the Reading to Day Cares program in Yankton, and volunteered at the Core of Engineers Visitor Center in Nebraska.  He often took part in the Lewis & Clark Playhouse, playing Henry Fonda’s character in On Golden Pond, Jason Robard’s part in You Can’t Take it With You, and smaller roles in Foxfire and Fools.  He loved doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, telling jokes, and doing magic tricks for kids.  He was active in the Gayville Lutheran church serving on council and teaching middle school Sunday School. Bob faithfully served God, his country, his community, and his family, and will be greatly missed by them.

Bob is survived by his three children: Leisa Kolberg of Omaha, Nebraska; Laura (Alan) Goins of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Dan Kolberg of Yankton, South Dakota; younger sister, Karen Markus of Greeley, Colorado; five grandchildren: Jason (Jessie) Coins, Jamie Goins, Chandler Kolberg, Reagan Kolberg, and Bryn Kolberg, and three nieces: Kris, Heidi, and Karla.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Anna Marie.



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12 response to "Robert “Bob” Eugene Kolberg"

  1. By: Donna Lee Posted: October 10, 2021

    It has been. My honor to care for your dad. He was so full of memories and stories that’s made each day enjoyable. I will never forget getting the weather forecast from him each morning.

  2. By: Joann Taggart Posted: October 10, 2021

    Lisa, Laura and Dan
    Herb and I are sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Herb only met Bob once but made a big impression on him. The two of them had such a great visit I even learned things about him I never new growing up. Bob was quite an icon in the Gayville community. He was a good man that set good examples for others. Bob will be greatly missed.

  3. By: Lynette (Goetz) Snoozy Posted: October 10, 2021

    Bob was my children’s awesome bus driver when we lived east of Volin. I took Jill and my niece. Michelle to On Golden Pond and it was an awesome play. Wonderful memories!!

  4. By: Linda Haar Posted: October 11, 2021

    It was a pleasure to get to know Bob and to work with him at Lewis Clark Playhouse. I directed him in You Can’t Take It With You, where he brought a great deal of laughter to our production. He was genuine and caring, and left a positive impression. I think of him often, and not just because I read his obituary. My sympathies to your family. May love of one another and faith in our Lord hold you up in the days ahead.

  5. By: Cynthia Scoville-Pinkstaff Posted: October 11, 2021

    Leisa, Laura and Dan, I am sorry for the loss of your dad. He was a man who was full of life and love. I will always have fond memories of 4th of July picnics and fireworks on the farm with all the Kneeland’s, Kolberg’s and Scoville’s getting together. We always had a good time. I will never forget his great smile he had. You were fortunate to have him for so long. He has joined AnnaMarie once again and forever will be your guiding light. With all my love, Cindy

  6. By: Roxy Huber Posted: October 11, 2021

    Heaven gained a big dose of joy when Bob arrived! Hugs to all of you!

  7. By: Deb Lillie Posted: October 12, 2021

    He was the best bus driver and cheerleader ever! So many fond memories of spending time with him on the bus and hearing him cheer for all of us.

  8. By: Leslie and Dan May Posted: October 12, 2021

    Bob was a delightful man who, when we met, was quick with a joke and a great story. As the father and in-law of our dear friends Laura and Alan, we learned a lot about him through their stories.. A long life well-lived, and a kind, thoughtful man….Bob will always be remembered fondly and with love.

  9. By: Barbara Mach Posted: October 13, 2021

    Robert is already telling God all his many stories! My sympathy to the family.

  10. By: Leslie and Brenda Aman Posted: October 13, 2021

    Bob was one of the first people we meet when we moved to a Gayville and we thought what a wonderful person. Always ready to tell you a story or jock. Rip Bob and keep them entertained up in heaven.

  11. By: Todd and DelRae Abler Posted: October 13, 2021

    Dan, We are sorry for your loss. May God bring you and yours peace during this difficult time.

  12. By: Roger Willcut Posted: October 18, 2021

    Dan and Regan, I never met your Dad/Grandfather, but most surely we sat in the theater or the auditorium and enjoyed watching Reagan as she came of age of the stage. As a fellow veteran, I thank you and your family for your service to our country. Thanks for the wonderful video tribute – it is amazing how much our lives were joined when young men and women stood up to serve.

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