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James (Jim) W. Kolb 1944 - 2015
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LARNED — James (Jim) W. Kolb, 70, passed away April 25, 2015, at his home in Austin, Texas. Born June 8, 1944, in Dodge City, he was the son of Harold “Sandy” and Rhoda Jean Donovan Kolb. A longtime area resident of Larned then moving to Austin, Texas, he was an Licensed Mental Health Technician and later changed positions to Activity Therapist at the Larned State Hospital. After he retired from 30 years of service at Larned State Hospital, he drove a school bus for 10 years at Larned School District. On July 26, 1975, he married Bonnie Ladean Eaton in Burdett. She survives.
Mr. Kolb was a member of the Larned golf course, Larned Men’s golf and the daily men’s coffee hour. He delivered meals for the Welcome Inn Senior Center and volunteered for many other organizations in Larned.
Other survivors include one son, Jeff Kolb and partner Emily, of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Jan Kolb of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jon Kolb of McKinney, Texas; and two grandchildren, Mathis Seidel and River Seidel. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Kiah Kolb and Scott Kolb.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1 at the Beckwith Mortuary Chapel in Larned with Pastor Hal Statts presiding. Friends may sign the register 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday with family present from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, at the mortuary. Memorials may be given to Pawnee County Relay for Life, the United Methodist Church of Larned or the Brooksdale Hospice, Austin, Texas, all in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left for the family at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary*
P.O. Box 477; 916 Main
Larned, KS 67550
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, April 29, 2015