John H. Kolega, 93, of St. Joseph, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014 at his residence.
John was born on August 1, 1920 in St. Joseph to Dmytro and Frances Kolega. John graduated from Benton High School, class of 1939; he then served in the United States Army Air Corp. during WWII. He worked for Swift & Co. and retired from the St. Joseph School District as a carpenter.
John was a member of the American Legion Post # 359, VFW, and St. James Catholic Church. He was an avid golfer and softball player.
He married Dorothy Darlene on April 4, 1948. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2006.
John was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Mike, Bill, and Harold Kolega, and sisters, Mary Rucker and Annie Kolega.
Surviving family includes sister, Kathryn (Kolega) Housh and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Graveside Service 10:00 AM Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Horigan Chapel.
Inurnment Mount Olivet Cemetery.
Services under the direction of Heaton-Bowman-Smith & Sidenfaden Chapel.