Theodore Henry Kobs, 82 passed away at his
home Wednesday morning April 23. Funeral Services will be
held on Sunday, April 27, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church,
Grant Street, Adams, Wisconsin, Pastor Karyn Bodenschatz
officiating. Visitation will begin at 12 noon until time of
service at 2 p.m. with graveside interment following, at Mt.
Repose Cemetery in Friendship, with full Military Honors.
Theodore was born September 26, 1925 to
Alma (Busse) and Theodore Adolph Kobs in Fond du Lac,
Wisconsin. He was the fourth child out of eight to be born
to this union.
Ted attended A-F High School but before he
could graduate his senior year he was drafted into the
service during the winter of 1944. He was recruited into the
10th Mountain Division, 85th Mountain
Infantry, Company C, 4th Platoon serving as a
Machine Gunner in Italy during WWII. He was discharged by
his brother Lt. Col. Charles Julius Kobs on September 6,
Upon his return home from service, Ted
worked on the Petenwell Dam Project until he became a
Fireman on the Chicago North Western Railroad. He later
became an Engineer for the CNW and enjoyed it so much that
he continued to drive the trains until his retirement in
1989 after he had dedicated 42 years to his work. In the
interim he had met and married the love of his life, Ellen
Marie Burkum on August 26, 1950 in Gays Mills, Wisconsin. To
this union five children were born.
Throughout the years Ted was a member of
the VFW Lodge # 6279, Masonic Temple, the Chicago
Northwestern Railway Veterans Association, served as
Representative for Lutheran Brotherhood ( Thrivent ), was a
member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Adams, and in earlier
his years played trumpet for a local band " The Stardust
He enjoyed many hobbies including;
photography, music, collecting stamps, coins and train
memorabilia, gardening and yard work, drawing and especially
coloring with his grandchildren, and woodworking. He was
very proud of the fact that he had built his own house.
Ted is survived by his wife of 57 years,
Ellen; sons, Greg ( Patty ) Kobs of Arkdale, Todd Kobs of
Adams, daughters; Cynthia ( Richard – deceased ) Klein of
Friendship, Tamara ( David ) Klinzing of New London, Debra
( Fred ) Renner of Arkdale, Grandchildren;
Paul Klein & Kimberly Klein of Friendship, Isabela Kobs &
Alex Kobs of Arkdale, Connor Klinzing & Erik Klinzing of New
London, Hunter Renner & Ryan Renner of Arkdale, a sister
Delores Squire of Muskego, in-laws: Herb and Donna Burkum of
Gays Mills, Lola and Ronald Peterson of Gays Mills, Rodney
and Linda Burkum of Gays Mills, Harry Miller of Fond du Lac,
Dorthea Kobs Culver of Port Edwards, along with many nieces,
nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents,
Adolph and Alma Kobs, brothers; Julius Charles Kobs & wife
Bert, Eugene Kobs & wife Jeanette, Roger Kobs, sisters;
Dorothy Miller, Elaine Kulmatycki & husband Ed, Betty
Chapman & husband Alva (Chipper), brother in-law Howard
Squire, nieces, Caroline Squire, Jodi Burkum Brockway,
Denise Kobs, nephews, Dickie Miller, Mike Chapman and son
in-law Richard Klein.
Roseberry’s Funeral Home is assisting the
family with arrangements.