J. Kolman, age 63, passed away Wednesday, March 19, 2008
peacefully at his home with his wife and daughter by his
side, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 22,
2008 at Roseberry�s Funeral Home. Rev. Steven Keller will
officiate. Military rites will be offered by the Adams VFW
Post #6279; the Adams American Legion Red Cloud Post #250;
and the Grand Marsh American Legion Snyder-Richardson Post
#273.Cremation will follow the traditional service with
final interment Olin Cemetery, Town of Springville, Adams
County, Wisconsin at a later date.
Friends may call at Roseberry�s on Friday, March 21, from
4 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of
Tom was born August 27, 1944 in Blue River, Wisconsin �
the fourth of twelve children born to Roy and Phylis Kolman.
In his youth, Tom did farm work on the Paul and Elaine
Kinney farms. He also helped his brother Reed on his milk
route and worked in the cheese factory in Excelsior. Tom
graduated from Blue River High School. He served his country
in the U.S. Army. Tom married Patsy (Marshall) Stafford on
February 3, 1978. He was family oriented man and loved his
wife Patsy and their children Jean, Dean, and Aimee, putting
them above his own needs or wants at all times.
Tom worked as a truck driver for the majority of his
life, with Skinner Transfer out of Reedsburg for over 20
years. He enjoyed his job and the friends he made while
traveling across the country. Tom never met a person who
ever remained a stranger. He enjoyed the outdoors, spending
time walking in the woods, with his wife and their dog
Snoopy. Tom loved to watch the birds, and to work in his
garden. He also enjoyed playing cards, and getting together
with their good friends, Doug and Millie Gray.
Tom is survived by Patsy, his loving wife and best friend
of 30 years; their three children: Jean (Tom) Bolgrihn, Dean
(Mary) Stafford both of Wisconsin Dells, and Aimee (Buford)
Claborn of Peoria, Arizona; Grandchildren: James (Lisa),
Dustin (Jennifer), Audra, Cody, Amber, David, Kristiana,
Kaitlyn, Jacob, Connor, Jasmine, Cheyenne, Chance, and Gage;
one Great-Grandchild, Summer Lynn Bolgrihn; Brothers and
Sisters: Reed Kolman, Frank (Karen) Kolman, Sophia (Don)
Ward, June (Gary) Ward, Stephen (Dawn) Kolman, Donald (Shawny)
Kolman, Alice (Bob) Bohn, Mary Quinlan, and Guy (Lori)
Kolman. Further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other
relatives, and friends.
Tom was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Phylis;
sister, Clara Adkins; brother, George (Intok) Kolman;
granddaughter, Charity Claborn; sister-in-law, Judy Kolman;
and brother-in-law, Will Quinlan.
Tom battled his cancer with great character, and did not
allow it to take away the joy he found in life, or his warm
smile and sense of humor. His voice, his smile, and his
contagious sense of humor will be greatly missed by all. But
will not be forgotten by anyone.
Roseberry�s Funeral Home of Friendship is assisting the