Leo N. Kolbet
July 30, 1920 ~ October 20, 2008
Leo N. Kolbet, Age 88, of Elma, IA died on Monday, October 20, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Leo Nicholas Kolbet was born on July 30, 1920 in Alta Vista, IA to John and Caroline (Glaser) Kolbet. He attended school at St. Williams School in Alta Vista. Leo farmed until he entered the Army Air Corp in 1942. He served in the European theater during World War II attached to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Stationed in London, England. He was discharged on October 15, 1944. Upon his return to Iowa he farmed in the Alta Vista area. Leo was united in marriage to Millie Vachta at Holy Trinity Church in Protivin on February 16, 1949. Leo and Millie farmed for 50 years in the Elma and Alta Vista area. He retired to Elma in 1991. Leo enjoyed driving for the Mennonite community, playing cards, golf outings, Chicago Cubs and Hawkeye Football. Leo was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma, Catholic Order of Foresters, Farm Bureau and a life member of the Alta Vista VFW Post 4069. Leo is survived by his wife Millie of Elma, IA; five children Pat (Roger) Palmersheim of New Hartford, IA, Sandy (Al) Tunis of Kansas City, MO, Deb (Dan) Sturm of Cedar Falls, IA, Garry (Donna) Kolbet of Waverly, IA, Jon Kolbet of Portland, OR; 15 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; two sisters Lois (Jack) McAvoy of Elma, IA, Lola (Bill) Boss of Charles City, IA; sister-in-law Donna Kolbet of Osage, IA; several nieces and nephews; many Mennonite friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers Leonard, Luvern, Louis and Linus; a sister Luella Phippen; a great grandson Jackson Llewellyn. Cemetery: Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery at Alta Vista. Military rites will be provided by the Alta Vista VFW - Paul Johann Post 4069. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00PM to 8:00PM on Thursday, October 23, 2008 with a 5:00 pm rosary and a scriptural wake service at 6:00pm at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday. Service: A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Friday, October 24, 2008 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma with Father Ray Atwood officiating.