Gerald “Jerry” Kolbo, 89, of North Loup formerly of Springfield, Nebraska went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 10, 2017, surrounded by four of his children at the Hillcrest Country Estates in Papillion, Nebraska.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at the Seventh Day Baptist Church in North Loup. Pastor Scott Hausrath will officiate. Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery at North Loup. Visitation will be on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Ord Memorial Chapel. Memorials are suggested to Seventh Day Baptist Church of North Loup, North Loup Veterans Wall, Kay Kolbo Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund at Gretna Public School, Gretna Lutheran Church or North Loup Lions Club. Ord Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Gerald Maurice Kolbo was born April 26, 1928 in Omaha, Nebraska to Grace Ethel Petersen.
He was raised as the third generation on the Petersen family farm in Springfield, Sarpy County, Nebraska. He was baptized and confirmed at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Gretna, Nebraska. He was raised by
his mother and beloved grandparents, Grandpa and Grandma Pete, who taught him to farm, fish, and hunt.
Jerry walked one quarter mile to District 21 for grade school and rode his horse three and one half miles to Springfield High, graduating with his class in 1945. He was very proud of his class ring and was was
able to afford it by breaking horses, which he started to do before age 14.
Jerry attended University of Nebraska, Lincoln, for 1 year returning home to help farm when Grandpa Pete became ill.
While helping with a hay harvest he met and fell in love with a farmer's daughter. Jerry and Earlynn Irene Peterson were married May 14, 1949 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Gretna and to this union eight children were born; Irene, Laura, Carol, Lee, Kay, Lynn, Kenneth, and Ann. All eight of the children were baptized, confirmed, and four were married in that same church.
Jerry raised his family on the farm while also growing crops of corn, sorghum (milo), soybeans, and alfalfa. He expanded his farming to include a cattle feeding operation, feeding for himself and
commercial cattle. The total capacity for the feedlot was around two thousand head and every fall the livestock trucks would line up early for one quarter mile on shipping days. The trucks would load and head
off to Omaha Stock Yards, for Swift, Armour, or Cudahy packing plants.
After the major work was done, Jerry would pursue his real passion, which was hunting. Many late fall and winter days he would slip away with his best friends to hunt geese, ducks, deer, antelope, and coyotes.
Jerry purchased more farm ground in Pawnee City, Nebraska and expanded with a cow-calf operation. He raised and trained an abundance of colts, some who went to the race track; some became good saddle horses, some winning barrel horses. The American Quarter Horse Society has over
fifty of his more than one hundred fifty horses registered.
Jerry retired in North Loup and spent those years hunting with his best friend. Jerry taught many youth the basics of hunter safety as a certified instructor with the Nebraska Game and Parks hunter education program. He married Nella Jackson, September 17, 2003, and he was very active with his church membership at Seventh Day Baptist church. He was also involved with Lions Club and North Loup Popcorn Days. He raised an abundant garden yearly and generously shared the produce with the community.
Jerry was most proud of his eight children, twenty six grandchildren, and nineteen great-grandchildren. His children are all involved with service work in the military, medicine, and education. Among his
children and their spouses are six military officers, three West Point graduates, a cardio-thoracic anesthesiologist, pharmacist, teacher and four registered nurses. This past year he moved back
east to Papillion, Nebraska for health reasons to be closer to family. The children gave him the most joy as they had pillow fights and the young boys listened intently to his cowboy stories. Jerry was
thrilled they were interested in 'this ole cowboy' and encouraged them to be hunters and cowboys. The most important to him were his friends and he had many.
Jerry’s memberships included Gretna Lutheran Church, Sarpy County Feeders Association, National Farmers Organization, American Quarter Horse Society, Lifetime NRA Membership, North American Hunting Club, Lions Club of North Loup, and Seventh Day Baptist Church of North Loup.
Gerald 'Jerry' Kolbo is survived by his children: Irene Bomberger, Mena, Arkansas; Laura (Gary) Fellman, Elkhorn, Nebraska; Carol (Marshall) Garrett, Tomball, Texas; Lee (Eileen) Kolbo, Papillion, Nebraska; Lynn (Tony) Pedretti, Bryan, Texas, Kenneth (Julie) Kolbo, Honolulu, Hawaii; and Ann (Tony) Colgrove, Gretna, Nebraska; 26 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Clara (Gary) Lloyd, Burlington, Washington.
Gerald “Jerry” was preceded in death by grandparents, Henry and Clara Petersen; mother, Grace Petersen McGeorge; daughter, Kay (Ronald) Russell; daughter in law, Hazel Lyn (Lee) Kolbo; and son-in-law, Glendell (Irene) Bomberger.