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“Ben & Sally, We were sorry to read that you have lost Jeff. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Leray & Doris Lytle - Juniata, NE

“My condolences to the whole family Gone from sight but alive in memories ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Carol Davis - Dallas, SD

“I am so saddened and sorry for your loss. I will always remember Jeff as fun-loving and kind. Blessings to all of you. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Roxi Nemer Adams - Omaha, NE

“If anyone could be a shining example of perseverance in living with a crippling disease it was Jeff. He never complained about his condition and was...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Gilbert Zimbelman - Gregory, SD

“We are so sorry to hear of Jeff's passing and send our thoughts and prayers to you, Ben and Sally and girls, as well as the entire family. We have...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Kevin and Carol Boies - Glenrock, WY

“We are sorry to hear of Jeff's passing and send you our condolences, prayers and many hugs. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Lynn & Galen DeHaan - Millbrook, NY

“Ben, Sally and family, It is with great sadness to hear of Jeff's passing. The kindness he has shown to our family is with out measure. Please know...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Bryan & Angel Nelson - Gregory, SD

“Visits on phone , talking fishing ,politics and family, we also constantly would message things to each other, I will miss are conversations and...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Randy Schumacher - Pierre, SD

“I will always remember Jeff as the young man who lived his life full out until his body just refused to cooperate. I'm sure he's 4-wheeling with...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Connie Moffitt - Rapid City, SD

“So very sorry for your loss. You helped me when I needed it most! God will lift you up into his arms, and hold you for me! ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Mary Lived in Dallas, SD for a bit with Martin Rezac - CO


Jeffrey Ben Kolbe was born to Ben and Sally (Remter) Kolbe on April 6, 1961 and died on May 1, 2016 at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD at the age of 55.

Jeff was baptized on April 23, 1961 and was confirmed on April 13, 1975, both at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dixon, SD and was a current member of St John's Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD. Jeff started school in August of 1967 as a 1st grader at Dixon School #57. In April of 1968 he moved with his family to Portland, Oregon and attended 2nd and 3rd grade. His family then moved back to Dixon and finished his elementary education at Dixon School. Jeff graduated from Gregory High School in 1979. In 1981 he graduated with High Honors from the University of SD at Springfield with a diesel mechanic degree.

Jeff lived in the Dixon area his entire adult life farming and custom combining for many years until his arthritis and scleroderma limited his activity. He was very gifted in the field of mechanics and worked on numerous machines. Jeff spent the last five years in a wheel chair with very limited movement. Even from his wheel chair he advised people how to repair and build machinery. Jeff's sister, Natalie, cared for him for nearly four years with his parents caring for him for the last months of his life. He never complained about his health and had a positive attitude.

Jeff enjoyed vacationing. He visited the Dominican Republic, South Carolina, Florida, Mexico, Costa Rica, and other places with many of his friends. Jeff liked to hunt and was an avid gun enthusiast. As many people know, he could throw a heck of a party and DJ'd for many dances, weddings, and reunions. Jeff worked for many years at Frank Day's Bar in Dallas, SD. He also enjoyed playing cards, bowling, and was a lucky poker player. He was a fun person to be around.

Jeff was married and had one daughter, Katie Kolbe. Jeff was especially proud of his daughter and grandson, Kenyon.

Jeff was preceded in death by his daughter, Katie Kolbe; grandparents: Ray (Gotlieb) and Leona Kolbe (Dooley), Louie and Lois Remter; nephew, Blake Bartling (son of Valerie); and several aunts and uncles.

Jeff is survived by his parents Ben and Sally Kolbe; grandson, Kenyon Kolbe; sisters Julie Kolbe (Sioux Falls), Natalie Kolbe (Dixon), and Valerie Kolbe (Brookings); nephew Kory Kolbe; nieces Chelsey Brisk¬Dibbert, Jade Bruinsma, Lindsey and Haley Wenger; and many other relatives and friends.

Jeff will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.

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Funeral services for Jeff Kolbe, 55, of Dixon, SD, were held Friday, May 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Clark Gies officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at the church.

Music was provided by Melanie Hannahs, organist. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," "Children of the Heavenly Father," and "Go, My Children, with My Blessing."

Marlys Bokker and Beverly Janak were in charge of registration.

Colleen Springer and Sally Shaffer were flower attendants.

Casket Bearers were Ray Bokker, Doug Robertson, Bruce Nelson, Vince (Bud) Brozik, Mim Mikkelson, Dennis Knittel, and Mark Kenzy.

Burial was in the Dixon Cemetery, Dixon, SD.