John Henry Kolka


John Henry “Johnny” Kolka, 68, of Volborg died on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at his home in Volborg as a result of a house fire.

John was born on May 31, 1945, in Miles City, 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.

He married Gladys Berrear. To this union a son, Kevin, was born in 1966. Mr. Kolka later moved to Missoula where he worked as a logger and at a bakery. He and Gladys later divorced and Mr. Kolka worked making dental tools and also worked at a potato chip factory.

Mr. Kolka 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 he worked for Brent Clark, who he considered to be a family member.

Mr. Kolka 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 Mr. Kolka went to Miles City he would stop to visit his Aunt Jean and Uncle Louie. He always remembered to bring fresh produce from his garden in for his Aunt Jean and Uncle Louie.

His survivors include 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.  

Mr. Kolka was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Decker Kolka; grandparents, Ross and Ella Decker, John and Katherine Kolka; Uncle Art and Aunt Violet Kolka; brother, Richard Kolka; nephew, Brian Kolka; and cousins, Arlene and Dorothy.

Private graveside services will be Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at the Custer County Cemetery in Miles City. Next summer a memorial to celebrate Mr. Kolka’s life will be in the Stacey Memorial Hall.

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home for a headstone for Mr. Kolka or to the charity of one’s choice.