Vincent Michael Kobolt, Age: 86
May 3, 1933 -- Jun 4, 2019

Vincent Michael Kobolt, 86, of Kansas City MO (formerly of Lenexa KS) passed away on June 4, 2019 while in the care of NorthCare Hospice House. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 62 years, Barbara; children Thomas (Terrie), Carolyn McClure (Scott), Joseph (Marilyn) and David (DeWayne Miller); grandchildren Paige McClure Hewitt (Jacob), Elle McClure, Bryan Nelson, Jason Nelson; and  great grandchildren Annie Kailer, Makenzie Kailer, Amber Nelson Luttrell, Lydia Nelson and Logan Nelson; and two great-great grandchildren; and sisters Patty Tate (Huntington Beach CA) and Elaine Conner (Garland TX). Vincent was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Christine Kobolt Kailer, his parents and 8 siblings.

 

Vincent was born in Earling IA and lived in Panama IA with his large family in a three-bedroom farmhouse. As a small child, his parents instilled a strong work ethic early by assigning chores including gathering eggs from the chicken coop. He attended a one-room schoolhouse taught for several years by his oldest sister, Helen. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Panama IA, he worked for one of his brothers, Al, driving a delivery truck. Rumor has it, he had quite the lead foot which he held onto the rest of his life.

 

Vincent then enlisted in the US Army 10th Infantry Division Special Training and served in Germany from 1953 to 1955 where he was trained to be an airplane mechanic. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the United States and his new home in Kansas City KS where his family had relocated. He surprised his mother on Mother’s Day with his return. She often said it was the best Mother’s Day gift she ever received.

 

A month after his return from the military, on a double date with mutual friends, he met the love of his life, Barbara Gaunce. Although there was over a foot difference in their heights, they made quite the couple. He was proud to take her on dates in his black Mercury hardtop convertible. After a 15-month courtship, they were married in February 1957. After living in a couple of small apartments, they moved to a one-bedroom apartment over Karl’s Bakery (Barbara’s uncle) on Quindaro Boulevard in Kansas City KS. While living there, they welcomed two children into in the family. When expecting their third child, they moved to a rental home at 20th and Brown in KCK. When they were expecting their fourth and final child, they moved to what they felt was a lavish 1,050 square home of their own at 39th and Georgia in KCK. After making years of memories on Georgia, and the once thought of lavish size became the reality of a house to small with four active children, Barbara and Vince built their dream home in 1972. Vincent spent every evening during the week and all weekends working on the house himself. He would enlist the help of his co-workers, his sons and wife to help in any way possible. When the house was completed, it served as the Kobolt home for the remainder of the children’s young lives. Once he and Barbara raised their children, they moved to Lenexa KS where they lived for 32 years making new friends in the neighborhood and at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. In late 2018, they moved to the Northland area of Kansas City MO to be closer to Carolyn, Scott and their family.

 

Vincent made his mark on the Kansas City skyline with his career in the construction industry building such noticeable landmarks such as part of the Art Institute (KCMO), The Carlson Center at Johnson Community Center, St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Overland Park), Donnelly College (KCK), several buildings in Corporate Woods (Overland Park), one of the city’s first Ronald McDonald Houses, and Bishop Spencer Place (KCMO), as well as numerous other structures within the KC area, Topeka and Manhattan KS. Most of his career was spent as a Senior Superintendent with JE Dunn Construction.

 

There were many things in life that gave Vincent enjoyment. One was traveling with his wife, Barbara. In his retirement, they enjoyed traveling, most notably with their best friends, Jim and Joan Tarwater. They ventured to Hawaii, France, Germany and Mexico. Vincent and Barbara also enjoyed many trips over the years exploring the West Coast while visiting their youngest son, David and DeWayne. They spent many enjoyable weeks at their home in Los Angeles, the mountains of Lake Arrowhead and Palm Springs. Another passion Vincent was able to share with his son, Tom, was his love of hunting, including a memorable three-week trip to Montana. They spent many cold, early mornings in the woods patiently waiting for a turkey or a deer. He also enjoyed the art of storytelling. He and his oldest brother, Ferd, would tell stories about what took place during their service to their country. Mostly Ferd would do the telling, but Vincent loved repeating those stories. They both proudly served their country. One of the greatest adventures they took together, along with Vincent’s son Joseph, and brother-in-law Tom Ahart, was an Honor Flight to Washington DC on Veterans’ Day. Vincent had a passion for good food. Many family celebrations were spent at local Italian favorites Lidia’s and Garrozzo’s with his daughter Carolyn’s family, whether to celebrate birthdays, end of school or just because it was Tuesday. Perhaps Vincent’s greatest passion was his family, most notably, his granddaughters Christine, Paige and Elle. Nothing gave him more pleasure than being their “Poppa.”

 

This farm boy from Iowa loved with all his heart, whether it was his work, faith or family. His capacity to love only increase as he grew older. He taught his family well, and they will carry on his legacy. Their hearts may be broken but it is because they felt the love of this great man.

 

Services will be held Saturday, June 8th at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Lenexa KS. Visitation from 10-11am, Mass at 11am with a lunch to follow. Private interment services to be held at the National Cemetery in Leavenworth KS the following week. Donations may be made to Honor Flight KC.

 

The family would like to thank the staff of the Mid-America Cardiology Associates, University of Kansas Hospital for their excellent care over the last two years. They would also like to thank Kansas City Hospice and NorthCare Hospice House. Their guidance through the last week was invaluable.

 

 

 

 



Condolences

BO Jun 05 ,2019

Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your loss. May “The God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) sustain you in your time of sorrow.

Danette Kobolt Jun 05 ,2019

Uncle Vince was loved! This is a difficult time. I will forever cherish the memories we had with Uncle Vince and Aunt Barb. I love you!

Michael Ahart Jun 05 ,2019

Nephew ,Anchorage ,Alaska

Dear Aunt Barbara & Family, Vince will be remembered for his many influential roles as son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and superintendent. He distinguished himself as my hero by serving our Lord, country, family, and profession. With condolences and Love, Michael Ahart & Family

Anne Vollink Jun 05 ,2019

niece ,Houston ,Texas

To the family...When the news came that Uncle Vince had graduated from this earthly home to be with the Lord, it was of course, saddening. The roles he played seamlessly in life came to mind. Vince was the same man wherever he went: He was kind, ethical, humorous, faithful, generous, comforting and more. He was a protector, provider, port in the storm, and anchor as well. He served his Lord, and his country, as well as his family, friends, and community. I will miss my godfather, Uncle VInce. I send my love, condolences, and respect to all who loved him.

Kim White Jun 05 ,2019

Friend to Carolyn ,Olathe, KS. ,Kansas

Carolyn, I want to express my sincere condolences at this time to you and your entire family! What a tough time this is as I know your Dad was very special to you! It is so obvious how important your family is to you. Your Dad would want you to celebrate his life and all your years together! Thinking of you during this very emotional time. Love, Kim

Sharidan Jun 05 ,2019

Daughters former conworker ,Kansas City ,Missouri

“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬ I will be praying for your family during your time of mourning. Thank God for the good times and lean on Him and His understanding. I did not know Mr. Kolbolt personally but I know Carolyn McClure. She is an amazing woman so I know he must have been something too ! I pray God mends your broken hearts during this time. I pray that you become the things that you loved most about Mr. Kolbolt and be comforted by the love and legacy he left behind. God bless.

John Ahart Jun 06 ,2019

I am his nephew ,Overland Park

We are so sorry to lose Uncle Vince. He was a fine man and special to the family in so many ways. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Love, John, Susan, Thomas, and Erin

Fred Lee Roy Gaunce Jun 06 ,2019

1st cousin by marriage ,Braselton ,Georgia

I am so sorry to hear of Vince's passing. My sincere condolences to my cousin Barbara & her family. With warm & loving memories, Fred Gaunce (Freddie)

Pat and Gary Gaunce Jun 07 ,2019

Cousins ,Kansas City ,Kansas

Barbara, Carolyn and families. It’s been way too long since we “connected” and we realized the importance of family ties again when we read of Vince’s passing. He was a great guy and accomplished so much in his lifetime obviously. Blessings to you and all your families in the loss of such an important man in your lives. We are sad to miss his service but have a prior commitment within our family group that cannot be changed. If you would like to “reconnect” we would love to catch up with you. Porters has our email. Pat and Gary

Mike Jun 07 ,2019

Professional Associate ,Leawood ,Kansas

As a young architect I had the good fortune of working with Vince as he directed the construction of the Carlsen Center our firm designed. He taught me a lot. Most of all he demonstrated the best in professional partnership and team work and how to stay cool under pressure. Vince was a straight shooting team player always looking out for our client's best interest. With a kind word and a smile to boot.

Casey Casebolt Jun 07 ,2019

Mall Walker Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

My one-word description of my dear friend Vince would simply be GENTLEMAN. Yes, he was indeed the epitome of that. Unfortunately for me, I did not personally know Vince until I retired and became a "walker" each morning at Oak Park Mall. But oh I am so glad i had the opportunity. There is absolutely no doubt Heaven is a bit better place with Vince being there. That great smile and always-positive attitude will permeate all and everything!! God Bless Vince Kobolt, a wonderful person and friend!! Casey Casebolt Shawnee, Kansas

Fr. Richard Storey Jun 07 ,2019

Former Pastor ,Leawood ,Kansas

Dear Barbara and family, May God bless you all during this most difficult time. Vince was a true believer. He followed the life of St. Francis of Assisi, who always prayed, “it is in giving that we receive.” He was a cheerful giver and loved providing for the poor. May God bless his soul with peace and may you all be comforted in knowing love never dies and our lives only change they never end. Fr. Storey

Janet and Trent Balke Family Jun 07 ,2019

To Aunt Barb, Carolyn, Tom, Joe, David and Families, Uncle Vince exemplifies a life well lived. Most of us will remember his sparkling eyes, subtle humor, kindness and willingness to help anyone with a task (large or small!) Our accomplished yet modest Uncle Vince is much loved, admired and missed. We are fortunate to have shared good times with all of you over many years as a big Kobolt family. To be surrounded in the last chapter of his life by those he loved most was a wonderful gift. Well done all, & Bon Voyage to a great man!

Diane Duffie Jun 08 ,2019

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

Words fail to express my sorrow for the loss of your father. I was a daddy's girl too, so I understand that only time will help you heal and bring you peace. Please know I am thinking about you during this difficult time. Love to you and your family. Diane

Event:
Funeral Mass
Location:
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Address:
11300 W. 103rd St.
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66214
Date:
Jun 08 ,2019
Time:
11:00 AM
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Event:
Visitation
Location:
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
Address:
11300 W. 103rd St.
City:
Overland Park
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66214
Date:
Jun 08 ,2019
Time:
10:00 AM
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Event:
Inurnment
Location:
Leavenworth National Cemetery
Address:
150 Muncie Road
City:
Leavenworth
State:
Kansas
Zip Code:
66048
Date:
No Date Added
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