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Sunset Hill Cemetery
Monday November 26th, 2018
6:30pm - 7:30pm

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Interment following funeral service

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Tuesday November 27th, 2018

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Tuesday November 27th, 2018

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Everett Lee Kolling

HERINGTON - Everett Kolling of Herington departed this life, Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at the Memorial Hospital in Abilene.

Everett Lee Kolling was born on July 14th, 1933 south of Abilene, to Albert “Dude” Kolling and Mabel (Ross) Kolling. He was raised in and around Abilene and graduated from Abilene High School in 1951. Everett went to work for the Railroad the day after graduation and then was drafted into the Army on October 14th, 1953. Most of his two years of service was spent in Virginia at Fort Eustis. After the Army Everett went back to the railroad and was promoted to engineer on November 13th, 1961. While working for the railroad he was elected President of the Union Pacific Junior Old Timers General Committee. On August 31st, 1958, he married Rhea Jane Timm of Woodbine. They had two children, daughter Stacey Berndt and husband Phil, son Tim Kolling and his wife Amy, and four grandchildren Torey and Chance Berndt, and Brett Everett and Payton Kolling.

Everett was Past President of the Abilene and Smoky Valley Tourist Railroad. He was Past President of the UTU Union in Herington. He served as City Commissioner in Herington, County Commissioner for Dickinson County, and Herington USD 487 School Board.  He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Herington Kiwanis, Herington Civic Club, Herington Hoedowners Square Dance Club, Chairman in charge of the Herington Blood Drive, Blue Lodge Masons of Abilene, Commandery and Chapter and Council of Masons, and ISIS Shrine Temple all of Salina. He was a Past Leader for Lyon Prospector 4-H club. Everett has enjoyed portraying Santa in his retirement years for thousands of children.

Everett was one of 8 children, preceding him in death were Donald Kolling, Delores Rider, Kenneth Kolling, Curtis Kolling, and his parents.

 He is survived by  his wife, Rhea Kolling of Herington; children, Stacey Berndt (Phil), Tim Kolling (Amy), of Topeka; his siblings, Larry Kolling (Deanna) and, Ted Kolling (Margaret) of Abilene, KS, Martha Olson (Bill) of River Falls, WI; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00am, Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Herington.  Masonic committal will follow at the Sunset Hill Cemetery.  Family will receive friends 6:30 – 7:30pm, Monday, November 26, 2018, at the Zeiner Funeral Home-Herington.  Memorials are to the Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad and may be sent in care of the funeral home at 404 S. Broadway, Herington, KS, 67449.


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I read the article recently in Abilene on line paper about Evertt's railroad history. Found it very interesting. Probably not too many around anymore that feed the steam engines. From reading his history he has had a very productive, active, and carrying life. My family and i offer our sympathy and prayers.

Laurence Wicklund one of Rhea's old classmates at Woodbine.

Laurence Wicklund Nov 27 2018 12:00 AM

Rhea and family.
Our sympathy to all.
Bill remembers Everett as a child and all the rest
of the family.

Bill & Phylllis Peterson Nov 26 2018 12:00 AM

To the Kolling family; My family intertwined with yours, when the girl in your family and the girl who came to my family became childhood friends. Through school, 4-H, the many times those girls giggled in the back seat of my car or told secrets just out of our ear shot and the late nights when they spent time visiting together, as their friendship grew into life long friends. Through out the years, your family and mine continued to intertwined. It is with the deepest sympathy and sadness to hear of the loss of your beloved husband and father. The picture video was so warming. May God bless you and walk you through this difficult time. As sad as it is, I know there will be some laughter also. That twinkle in Everett's eye will always be a part your loving family. With Love, Lynn Salsbury

Lynn Salsbury Nov 26 2018 12:00 AM

Stacey and family, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

Kari Hinkle Nov 26 2018 12:00 AM

Stacey my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Cindy Baumgardner Nov 25 2018 12:00 AM

Rhea, Im am so sorry for your loss of Everett. It saddens me greatly. I enjoyed both you and Everett on the baseball bus trips. What great times and good memories. My sympathy to you and your family.

Joyce Walker Nov 25 2018 12:00 AM

A SPATHIPHYLLUM was ordered on November 25, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 25 2018 12:00 AM

Praying for you and your family.

Tracy (Hegle) Gilbert Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

Our very special YMCA guy at the Kansas Cagers games in Salina. Everett would lead everyone with his incredible ability to get people on their feet to the song, YMCA at half time. Everyone who knew him loved him. We spent a lot of time with Everett and Rhea, Tim, Amy at those game. He was just a great guy to be around.

Mike Farmer Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

We are so sad to hear this. Everett was a special man. He was a kind loving soul. You are in our thoughts & prayers. May you rest in peace.

Jim & Cheryl Utech Family Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

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