Bille R. Kobliska

bille kobliska
Bille R. Kobliska, age 45, of Ionia, IA passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, July 27, 2020. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, August 10, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, IA with Father Jerry Kopacek celebrating the mass. If you are unable to join the family at the church on Monday, please join them via Facebook Live on our Facebook page. Burial will be at St. Patrick's of St. Cecelia Cemetery in rural Elma with Adam Burgart, Mark Burgardt, Randy Burgart, Trent Busma and Blake Johnson serving as honorary casket bearers. Jeremy Lockard, Kyler Deutsch, Gary Wedemeier, Shawn Kuehn, Clint Dohlman and Nate Jones will serve as casket bearers. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 PM on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Immaculate Conception Church in Elma, Iowa with a 7:30 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. Online condolences may be left at Memorials may be directed to the family. Born on the 24th day of March in 1975, Bille Raymond was the third child and first son of Raymond and Marlys (Heying) Kobliska. Raised on his parents’ farm and then his own, he knew the value of hard work. He played equally hard, and Bille did them both extremely well. His motto was, “If you can’t have a little fun, what’s the point of living?” When you were with Bille, life was fun whether you were working or playing, even more often, both at the same time. He was a man with a quick wit and catch phrases like, “Better have one more,” “Youuu Betcha,” and so many others that can’t be repeated. But if you knew him, you can hear them. Bille had strong opinions on, well, just about everything and he wasn’t shy about sharing them with you. He fondly remembered his childhood on the family farm as Raymond’s right hand man. He loved farming next to his father, uncle and brother, Tony. Spring and fall on the farm were a whirlwind of excitement and Bille was smack dab in the middle of it. The rest of the year, he was hauling livestock for Busma Trucking as the owner/operator of Kobliska Trucking. Not much for words on the road, Bille would call family and friends and ask, “What’s on for tonight?” Finish with a “Copy Copy” or “A Big 10/4.” Bille’s life wasn’t just about farming and trucking though. He was the proud father of his daughter, Landree Rae. Being his right hand gal, he’d be heard saying if someone questioned him, “Just ask Landree, she’ll tell ya.” He loved her with every fiber in his being. He also adored children in general and they seemed to flock to his twinkling blue eyes, bright smile and full belly laugh. In the middle of entertaining, he taught everyone a lesson with a quiet voice and patience. Over the years, Bille was a part of the Red M Chuckwagon Team. He started out as an outrider for his uncle, John and finished his run as the driver of the Red M. As other drivers joined the sport, they were eager to climb up in the wagon with Bille. It wasn’t long before they gained his trust and he’d hand over the leads. This was the ultimate compliment. His teaching days went far beyond the track. He was eager to share his knowledge of driving and horses with so many, giving them the confidence to drive a good team. He’s now reunited with his grandparents, Linus and Rita Heying and Ed and Rita Kobliska, his aunt, Judy Kobliska, his uncles, Clarence Kobliska and John Schwickerath; great uncle, Willie Kobliska and cousin, Darron Kobliska. He’s deeply missed by his parents, Raymond and Marlys (Heying) Kobliska of Elma, IA; his daughter, Landree (Blake Johnson) Kobliska of Plainfield, Iowa; his sisters, Roxanne (Tracy) Felder of Winsted, MN, Sue Kobliska of Plainfield, IA, Barb (Tony Jirak) Kobliska of New Hampton, IA and Deb (Thad) Johnson of Colwell, IA; his brother, Tony Kobliska of Rockwell, IA; the love of his life, Liz Markham of New Hampton and her children, Sidney, Madison and Griffin Wenzlaff, and Sidney Shriever; his nieces and nephews, Leigha (Tyler) Bruns, Nichole Felder, Nicholas Ritzman, Tyler and Ashley Rosonke, Edward and Eden Kobliska; great niece, Nora; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family and friends. As a Christian, he knew with certainty that God loved him, and that heaven is the next chapter. He wouldn’t have wanted anyone to be sad. He knew that he’d had a helluva good ride and the best was yet to come.

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  1. Bille was the kind hardworking fun loving guy and will be missed by so many. Rest In Peace Bille. Ron and Kris

  2. Marlys, Ray and family so very sorry for your loss. So young to be one of Gods angels. Prayers for you all. Simone and Thomas Schmitt

  3. It appears Heaven needed some young farm boys, and got some of the best. Extending our very deepest sympathy to all of Billie’s family. May he Rest In Peace. Bob & Peg (Huegel) Brummond.

  4. Bill was a great man! He always had a short quote no matter if it was a phone call or you seen him in person. Rest well Billie you will be missed!!!!

  5. Liz, we are so sorry to hear of of the passing of the love of your lifeafter you helped us so much with Leo’s funeral arrangements. Sending you a hug. Don and Jeanette Priebe

  6. So very saddened to hear of Bille’s passing. May he R.I.P. Such a fun loving guy. He will be missed by many. His daughter Landree will have a very special angel watching over her. Sympathy to his family who are left to share their memories of him.

  7. Liz we are so sorry to hear of your loss.Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.Marian and Tom Gebel

  8. May God’s graces keep blessing all his family and friends. He lived every moment here on earth. Landree.. he gave you all the tools to the toolbox to do the same. The lesson.. live every moment. You and Bille’s family and friends will share his stories for a lifetime. Rest easy fella.

  9. We are sending our deepest sympathy to Raymond, Marlys, family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and hope that all of your precious memories will help at this very difficult time. Gary and Connie Kuehn

  10. My deepest sympathy to all of Billie’s family and friends. I will always remember his quick smile. He will be missed by many. May God hold you close in your time of trial.

  11. Thoughts and Prayers are sent out to His Family and Friends and Liz my heart breaks for you.🙏🏽💔😥 May God provide strength for you in the days ahead..

  12. He will always be one of the few people that wouldn’t matter how bad of a day you had he somehow could make me smile n forget it all. Gravel travel one time inpaticular wont ever forget! Great guy forever loved by all!

  13. Liz, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  14. So very sorry to hear this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Wayne & Pat Arnold


  16. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Hoffman Burial Mark , Ronnie, Dan, Mitch , John, Will.

  17. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  18. You remain in our thoughts, prayers, and on our hearts! The Board of Governors and Staff of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association

  19. I pray that your riding horses in gods kingdom! Ride free Billie Ray!

  20. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose – Roman’s 8:28

  21. I am so sry for ur loss my prayers are with you and ur family. He will be missed, he was a great guy. I remember when working at the AV bar we had alot of fun n talks he would also be a body guard for me always looked out for me. I am so glad to have known him and will never forget what a great guy he was.

  22. I’ve known Bill only for about 3 years since I started working for Hormel foods in the Livestock department..It was always nice to see Bill when he came in with his load of pigs always smiling and would always say hey and stand there and shoot the breeze with ya for awhile I’m shocked at his passing but I’m glad I got to know him he was a good dude always friendly and down for a good laugh..Will all miss seein you here on the dock in the livestock barn rest easy bro

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