July 22, 1948 ~ February 1, 2022

Born in: Champaign, IL
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Stephen Lloyd Kolb, much loved Husband, Father, and Grandfather passed away suddenly at home on February 1, 2022. He was born on July 22, 1948 in Champaign, Illinois to the late Dr. Harold J. Kolb and Mary Louise Achepohl Kolb of St. Joseph, Illinois. His father, Dr. Kolb was a Family Practice Physician and former Mayor of St. Joseph, Illinois. His mother, Mrs. Kolb was a Librarian and active on the St. Joseph ā€“ Ogden School Board.
He is survived by his wife Lois Bankowski Kolb who he married on February 17, 1974. His sons; Michael J. Kolb (Kelly), Eric A. Kolb (Shannen); a daughter, Sarah E. Kolb Bell. Three grandchildren; Catherine Kolb, Chelsea Bell and Sebastian Kolb. He is also survived by a brother; David Kolb of Old Bridge, NJ and Sisters-in-law; Linda Tanella and Diane Lewis both of Schenectady, NY.
He was a graduate of St. Joseph ā€“ Ogden High School and the University of Illinois in Champaign ā€“ Urbana, Illinois with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Employed by General Electric for over 35 years as a Field Engineer and Regional Manager of the Omaha, Nebraska Office. The Illinois Regional Office and the Syracuse, NY Office in Liverpool, NY.
Stephen worked past his retirement with GE as a Start-Up Engineer as a GE Retired re-hire and scheduler, through his own LTD Company, Mountain View Technical Services and for other Engineering Consultation Service providers until December 31, 2021.
Stephen was a Cubmaster and then Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop in North Syracuse, NY of which his sons were scouts (both Eagle Scouts). He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity both in Syracuse, NY and Asheville, NC.
Stephen was a Patron both of Habitat for Humanity and the Manna Food Bank in Asheville, NC.
Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. To the Stephen Kolb Family,
    We worked with Steve in the Oak Brook, IL office of GE back in the 1980s. Our thoughts are with you during this time of grieving.
    With sincere condolences, Bob & Barb Cornwall

  2. Dear Kolb Family,
    Iā€™m so Sorry for your loss. Steve was a friend and colleague for many years with his outage support services. He will be surely missed by those from the GE family who got to work with him and those who had the privilege of knowing him out outside work. My sincere condolences,

  3. To the Kolb Family-
    I have so many fond memories of campouts, summer camp and so many other activities with Mr. Kolb. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. I’m Steve’s cousin. OMG. I’m stocked. A great guy and model American. My wife, Kristina and I send our love to the whole Kolb Clan. Roger Keats

  5. Steve was a light in our lives, and we were blessed to call him friend. We send Lois, and all of the family, our heartfelt condolences.

  6. Lois & family … I learned this week of Stephen’s sudden passing this past February. I have many fond memories of Doc & Mrs. Kolb, David & Stephen throughout the years; Steve and I went to school together, all 12 years, in St. Joseph and our families were good friends. My sincere sympathy to his family. Priscilla Walker Lindstrom


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