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 Frank James Kolar

Frank James Kolar

Raynesford, Judith Basin County, Montana, USA
Death 31 Dec 2006 (aged 88)
Raynesford, Judith Basin County, Montana, USA
Burial Belt, Cascade County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 17300664 · View Source
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Frank James Kolar, 88, Raynesford area farmer/rancher, died of natural causes Sunday at his home, the same home in which he was born.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Kolar of Raynesford; brother, John Kolar of Twin Falls, Idaho; daughters, Chris Gordon of Helena; Judy Kolar and Elaine (Don) Miller of Great Falls; Celia (Doug) Morrison of East Helena and Johanna (Eric) Collins of Ketchikan, Ala.; sons, Charles (Susan) Kolar; Vince (Patty) Kolar and Joe (Shelley) Kolar, all of Raynesford; Bob (Carol) Kolar of Helena and David (Cathy) Kolar of Centennial, Colo.; 27 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Kolar; mother, Mary A. Kolar; brothers, James V. Kolar and Joseph C. Kolar and sisters, Anastasia Medvec and Mary E. Kolar.

Frank attended Raynesford and Belt schools and graduated Belt High School in 1937. He organized the annual class reunions for a number of years.

In 1940, when he boarded the train, 'The Goose,' in Raynesford, enroute to Great Falls for the State 4-H Convention, he met the love of his life, Mary Hodges. Frank and Mary were both 4-H leaders at the time. Soon, they discovered they shared the same birth date, January 29. They married in 1942, at St. Leo's in Lewistown. Together, they raised 10 children over forty years on the ranch where his father homesteaded.

Frank helped organize the Judith Basin Fire District and served on the original board of directors for the district. He worked for 15 years as a 4-H leader in woodworking, gardening, and tractor projects. He also served 18 years on the Raynesford School Board and 3 years as a Geyser School board member.

In 1994, the CMR Stampede club dedicated the CMR Stampede to him for all his efforts toward making his community a better place to live. He worked for 37 years as a local weather observer for the National Weather Services and received numerous awards including the Thomas Jefferson Award and the John Campanius Holm Award.

He was a lifetime member of St Mary's Church in Raynesford and also a member of the Fr. Kittleson Council of the Knights of Columbus. His faithful service to the church often took priority over his ranch work. He worked many years planting trees and nurturing them to create a beautiful park next to St. Mary's Church.

He dedicated his life to his family, church and community. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed his farm animals. He loved football and could always be found watching Notre Dame. He wrote in his diary each day and could be counted on to verify dates, weather and happenings from his journal. He loved spending time with his family. He will be remembered for his silly songs, his whistling, his beautiful blue eyes, and his perpetual smile.

Visitation will be at Schnider Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, from noon to 2 p.m. A Rosary will be held at St. Mark's Catholic Church in Belt on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007, at 5 p.m., with viewing from 4 to 5 p.m., at the church. Funeral Mass will bel held at the church on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, at 11 a.m., with burial in Pleasant View Cemetery in Belt. Schnider Funeral Home of Great Falls is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peace Hospice, 2600 15th Ave. S, Great Falls, MT 59405 or the Poor Claires, 2001 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405.

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Published in the Helena Independent Record on 1/3/2007.




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