Arlene LaVonne Kolbu
Arlene LaVonne Kolbu, 84, Sturgis and formerly of Red Owl, died Thursday, October 25, 2012, at her home in Sturgis.
Visitation was held on Tuesday at the Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis with a service at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at the Union Center Community Baptist Church in Union Center with Pastor Wes Lebrier officiating. Burial follows at Pleasant View Cemetery near Red Owl.
A memorial has been established to the Red Owl Hall.
Arlene was born November 21, 1928 at Sturgis, SD, to Albert J. and Clyde A. (Timmons) Stage. She was raised near Red Owl where she attended Stranger grade school. She graduated from Faith High School in 1948.
Arlene married Orville Kolbu at Sturgis on October 15, 1948. The couple made their home on the Kolbu family ranch until 1993 when they moved to Sturgis.
Arlene's life surrounded the family ranch for many years. She enjoyed raising sheep, ranching, hunting, grandkids and the Red Owl community. She wrote the "Red Owl News" for the Sturgis Tribune. She enjoyed having her own column "Through the Knothole" which enlightened people to all the joys and sadness of ranch life.
Survivors include her daughters Janet (Dan) Gilger, Belle Fourche, Patricia (Dave) Reinert, Gillette, WY, Kaye (Dean) Andrews, Faith, SD; also one sister, Ardis (Bob) Smiley, Sturgis; seven grandchildren, Dawn (Stephen) Toney, DeAnne (Matt) Jensen, Brad (Beca) Andrews, Randi (Shane) Delbridge, Jeff (Elise) Reinert, Lance Reinert, Dae Lynn (Brian) Gilger, eight great grandchildren, Susannah Toney, Connor and Dillon Delbridge, Eli and Brynn Jensen, Isabella and Elizabeth Reinert and Coy Andrews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville, infant son Orville "Albert", parents, Albert and Clyde, brother, Bones Ashton, and sister, Alice Jensen.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals. com