Richard M. 'Dick' Kolbe, 81, of Curwensville died on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at his home. He was born on March 18, 1936 in Clearfield, a son of the late Lex J. and Geraldine (Shaw) Kolbe.
Dick graduated from Clearfield High School as a member of the class of 1954. He then was employed with Soult Wholesale Company and retired as a supervisor from North American Refractories. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially turkey and deer hunting as well as fishing. He also liked to bowl and cherished following and attending his grandchildren and great grandchildren's events. He spent most of his spare time playing baseball. He played center field for the Clearfield J.C. League Indians and in the Clearfield Twilight and Mountain Leagues. He even played baseball while serving in the US Army. He was a member of Curwensville United Methodist Church and the Curwensville Moose. Dick loved to follow Penn State Football and enjoyed the company of his long-hair dachshund dog, Waggs.
The family would like to express special thanks to Tammy Glass and the nurses of Asera Care Hospice and Megan McFarland and the nurses of Clearfield Community Nurses. Most importantly, the family would like to thank Dick's care giver, Sidney 'Bucky' Thornhill for the excellent care he provided and will always be a member of the family.
Mr. Kolbe is survived by his wife, Doris M. (McFadden) Kolbe of Curwensville; two daughters, Dana Haley and significant other Bruce Barrett of Curwensville and Darlene Ardary and husband Bryan of Curwensville; four grandchildren, Ryan Haley and wife Tina, Scott Haley and wife Stacey, Alyssa Ardary and Eliza Ardary, all of Curwensville; a great grandson, John Ryan Haley, II; four step great grandchildren children, Brian Jasper and wife Heidi, Alyssa Jasper and fiance Zac Cuyler, Cole LaRock and Tiana LaRock, all of Curwensville; and a step great great grandson, Noah Cuyler. Mr. Kolbe is survived by his sister, Sarah Jane Condon of Clearfield; and a brother, William Kolbe and his significant other Darlene Morris of Altoona; a brother-in-law, John McFadden of Curwensville; a sister-in-law Betty Barkley and husband Richard of Clearfield; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother; a brother-in-law, Cecil Condon; and two sister-in-laws, Judy Johnson and Margaret McFadden.
Funeral services will be held at the Kevin A. Beardsley Funeral Home, Curwensville on Sunday at 2 PM with Pastor Mary Emery and Pastor Ethan Shearer officiating.
Friends will be received at the funeral home on Saturday from 4-8 PM and on Sunday from 1-2 PM.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to benefit Squirrel Tails for Trout, checks payable to Zetts Fish Farm and Hatchery and mailed to Pat Domico, 688 Washington Ave., Curwensville.
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