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Leonard David Kolbe
February 26, 1942 ~ January 16, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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On January 16th, 2024, Leonard David Kolbe passed away peacefully with his daughters by his side at the age of 81 years old.
Len was born in Mercoal, Alberta, on February 26th, l942. He grew up in a loving family, among 3 brothers and one sister. The family moved to Edson, Alberta, in 1959, after the coal mine closed in Mercoal.
Edson became the place where Len graduated high school, married Winona Kiser (1962-1990) and where they had their first daughter, Carol.
Early employment included a job as a printer for The Edson Leader, followed by a job as a foreman for Bigs Construction in Edson.
In 1970, Len began his coal mining career at Cardinal River Coals, first as a blaster and then a as shovel operator. He took great pride in what he did at the mine and often boasted about his efficiency and his production rates on Shovel # 1.
Second daughter, Tammy, was born in 1971. He moved his family from Robb, Alberta, to Hinton, Alberta, in 1972. Hinton became home for the rest of his life and career.
Len was a kind, generous man. He had a witty sense of humour and enjoyed the company of friends and family. (Over a beer in his yard or a cup of coffee at A&W)
Len lived a simple and fulfilling life. He loved the outdoors and spent much time camping, fishing, hunting, quadding, sledding and attending to his immaculate garden.
Other hobbies and passions included playing cards (Especially crib, where he had the experience of getting a 29 hand). He loved to cook, soups were his specialty. He enjoyed building bird houses in his spare time. Playing Dr Mario on his Nintendo was another pastime. (The Jelly Bean game in his words)
Len was also a talented boxer in his youth and broke an Alberta record for his 14 second knock out in the feather weight category.
Len was a hockey fan, he enjoyed watching The Edmonton Oilers. He enjoyed watching his grandsons and great grandson play hockey as well.
Len was predeceased by his mother (Theresa Kolbe), father (Wilhelm Kolbe), his siblings Donald Kolbe, Peter Kolbe (Loretta Kolbe), Sharon Boyer (Dale Boyer), Doug Kolbe and nephew Rodney Boyer, as well as his best friend Gary Conger.
He is survived by his partner, Carol Carpenter, his daughters Carol Kolbe and Tammy Kolbe, grandsons Dustin Kolberg, Chase Kolberg, Devon Wihnan and Bryce Wihnan and his great grandson Wyler Walker Kolberg. He also was survived by numerous nieces and nephews and cousins.
A huge thank you to Dr. Muthana and all the staff at the Hinton Hospital for all that they do. A Memorial will be held in Mercoal, Alberta, during the summer of 2024. His ashes will be laid to rest with his brothers in Robb, Alberta, at that time.
Date is yet to be determined.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Heart and Stroke Foundation in his behalf.