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Herbert J. “Herb” Kolb

January 2, 1925 - October 24, 2013

Funeral services for Herbert J. “Herb” Kolb, age 88, of Bison, South Dakota, were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the American Lutheran Church in Bison, South Dakota Rev. Dana Lockhart officiated. Burial was at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 28, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota. Military Honors were afforded by the Rogers-Smith American Legion Post #255 of Bison and the Sturgis Veterans Honor Guard.
Herbert Jacob Kolb was born on January 2, 1925 in a sod house in Richland Township, southwest of Bison, South Dakota. He was the twelfth child of Gottlieb and Katherine (Oberlander) Kolb. Herb attended Daviston School and then Bison High School. Following his schooling he worked on the family farm and also sheared sheep and drove truck for Hans Hyland.
He was inducted into the US Army Air Force on June 30, 1945 at Fr. Snelling, MN. He spent time stationed in Denver, CO, Amarillo, TX and Salt Lake City, UT. He was honorably discharged on November 10, 1946 at Hill Field, Odgen, UT.
Returning from the service, Herb purchased land and started farming with his brother, Alvin. He was united in marriage to Jessie Poseley in 1948. To this union two daughters were born, Salli and Vicki. He continued farming and also enjoyed participating in rodeos as a bull rider and a team roper.
In 1960 Herb and Jessie bought the Hans Hyland land in Bison and moved to Bison and built a new house in 1963. He began working for Bison as the city cop and in 1968 he was elected as the Perkins County Sheriff. He served as a peace officer for sixteen years and continued to farm and ranch during that time.
Herb enjoyed rodeos, and was producer of the Bison Gala Days Rodeo for 15 years. He also loved trail rides, and many times was the cook for the chuckwagon as the men trailed cattle around the area. His greatest joy was horses. He kept scrapbooks of all the horses and their pedigrees that he had raised and bred over the years. Herb also loved playing cards, especially pinochle. He was also proud that he obtained his GED from the US Army as he had to leave school in 1941 due to the death of his father.
He was a member of the American Lutheran church in Bison and the Bison American Legion.
Herb passed away on Thursday morning, October 24, 2013 at the Five Counties Nursing Home in Lemmon, SD.
He is survived by his daughter, Salli Blazey, Bison, SD; son-in-law, Doug Young, Isabel, SD; three grandchildren, Tyler and Nikki Blazey and Trey Young; two brothers, Walter (Jeanette) Kolb, Spearfish, SD and Albert (Berniece) Kolb, Spokane, WA; one sister, Edna Martin, Spearfish, SD ; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Herb was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jessie Kolb on March 29, 2013; one daughter, Vicki Young; five brothers, Theodore, Lee, Art, Alvin and Reinhold Kolb; and four sisters, Martha Sperle, Alma Kail, Emma Lutz and Helen Sperle.
Visitation was one hour prior to services at the church on Monday morning.
Condolences may be sent through our website at www.evansonjensenfuneralhome.com.