In memory of

Eldon Kolbe

October 27, 1937 - February 13, 2021
From: Sac City, IA
Eldon Kolbe

Eldon Kolbe

Born: October 27, 1937
Died: February 13, 2021
Age: 83
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   Eldon Kolbe, age 83 of Sac City, IA, passed away on Saturday, February 13, 2021, at Park View Rehabilitation Center in Sac City. Eldon Duane Kolbe was born on October 27, 1937, to parents Vern and Mary (Stanzel) Kolbe in Sac City where he grew up and attended Douglas Township #6 Country School. He then graduated from Sac City High School with the class of 1956. Eldon was baptized and confirmed at the United Methodist Church in Sac City. 

   On October 14, 1967, Eldon was united in marriage to Phyllis Zemke at the Methodist Church in Newell, IA.  They enjoyed 51 years together and were blessed with two children, David and Sara.  Eldon worked as the Sac County Auditor for several years, retiring in 1992.  He was also known for his beautiful hand-painted signs, and owned a farm. 

   Eldon had a love for cars, especially his 1973 red Corvette.  He enjoyed collecting old toy cars and farm equipment.  Eldon was always telling jokes and enjoyed being out in the community. He was a regular at the Villager every morning for the ‘coffee club’ and was a huge fan of Cattleman’s pork chops.  Family was important to Eldon, so family trips were taken often.  They traveled to Okoboji during the summer months, Adventureland in Des Moines, and loved their trips to Colorado and Arizona.

   If you knew Eldon, you likely knew that he was a huge fan of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and you have probably heard the story about when he and Phyllis met them at the AK-SAR-BEN Rodeo in Omaha. They were season ticket holders and were able to see many top name entertainers there over the years. He always enjoyed listening to music and became a pro at telling his ‘Alexa’ what to play. Eldon will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

   Those left to cherish his memory include his children: David (Whitney) Kolbe of Ankeny, IA, and Sara Kolbe of Marshalltown, IA; grandchildren: Natasha Kolbe of Marshalltown, IA, and Chase Kolbe of Ankeny, IA; great-grandson Jaxson Kolbe of Marshalltown, IA; many other extended family members and friends.

   Eldon was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Kolbe; parents Vern and Mary Kolbe; brother Ronald (Lois) Kolbe; and several cousins.

~ The family would like to sincerely thank Eldon's home health caregivers who did an amazing job and helped keep him happy and in his own home for as long as possible.  He truly enjoyed your company and assistance. 

Tribute Video
2:30 p.m., Monday
February 22, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa

Reverend Missy Brown
1:00-2:30 p.m., Monday
February 22, 2021
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Sac City, Iowa
Oakland Cemetery
Sac City, Iowa


Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 10:52 AM
“My sympathy to the family. In the video there is a photo taken on the steps of Douglas #6 school. Eldon and I are the two little boys in overalls in the front row. I'm on his right. Had to be in 1945 the year we moved into that school district. The two girls in the back row are Marlys Lupton and Elaine Johnson, my sister, both of whom graduated from 8th grade that year. ”
- Gale Johnaon
Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:57 PM
“Sympathy and prayers to Eldon's family.”
- Lois K. Luke
Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 1:19 PM
“Prayers & sympathy Dave, Sara & your families. May your precious memories bring you peace at this sad time.”
- Jan & Bill Engler
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3:28 PM
“Dave and Sara, you and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Jennifer Roose
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3:28 PM
“Eldon was a classmate and a coffee friend. We enjoyed our visits and the stories he would relate. Sympathy to his family.”
- Larry and Nancy Domino
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:20 PM
“My sympathies and prayers to Eldon's family. I have fond memories of family gatherings and will always remember Eldon's quick wit. He was a special guy. ”
- marvel stout
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 11:49 AM
“Dave, Sarah and families So sorry for your loss. Eldon will be able to design and make beautiful signs again. . ”
- Bob and Glenda Olerich
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 9:29 AM
“Rest in Peace, Eldon. I enjoyed working for you. ”
- Jo Ellerbrock
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