John Henry Kolka, age 68, of Volborg passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at his home in Volborg as a result of a house fire.
John was born on May 31, 1945 in Miles City, Montana, the son of John and Margaret (Decker) Kolka. He attended first through eighth grade at South Stacey School and graduated from Custer County District High School. Johnny married Gladys Berrear. To this union a son, Kevin was born in 1966. He later moved to Missoula where he worked as a logger and at a bakery. He and Gladys later divorced and Johnny worked making dental tools and also worked at a potato chip factory. Johnny was injured in a logging accident and lost the majority of his hearing. He then returned to Stacey where he worked for various ranchers. The last seven years Johnny worked for Brent Clark who he considered to be a family member.
Johnny will always be remembered for his unique laugh, sense of humor and his generosity. He enjoyed ranch work, hunting, collecting guns and reading. Every time Johnny went to Miles City he would stop to visit his Aunt Jean and Uncle Louie. Johnny always remembered to bring fresh produce from his garden in for his Aunt Jean and Uncle Louie.
Johnny is survived by his son Kevin, ex-wife Gladys, Aunt Jean Leidholt and his German Shepherd Suzy, who was the love of his life; Cousins Tammy Raymond, Donald, Kolka, Cecil Kolka and nephew Kirby Kolka. Johnny was preceded in death by his mother Margaret Decker Kolka, grandparents: Ross and Ella Decker, John and Katherine Kolka, and Uncle Art and Aunt Violet Kolka, Brother Richard Kolka, nephew Brian Kolka and Cousins Arlene and Dorothy.
Next summer a memorial to celebrate John’s life will be held at the Stacey Memorial Hall.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home for a headstone for Johnny or to the charity of one’s choice.