Ron Kolm, 78, died at his home in Woodcliff Tuesday, January 30, 2024
Funeral Service Friday, February 2, 2024, 9:30 A.M.
Kracl Funeral Chapel, Schuyler Jerry L. Kracl Officiating
Visitation Thursday 5-7 with the family present
Refreshments immediately following the service Friday
Committal 12:30 P.M. Omaha National Cemetery
Memorials in care of the family for future designation
Ron was born on October 31, 1945, in St. Edward Nebraska. He grew up on a farm in Boone County and was drafted into the Army in 1965, remaining a proud patriot his entire life. He married Mary Ellen on the Fourth of July 1969 and they made their home in Schuyler, Nebraska. He started a side business of trimming and cutting trees, “Ron’s Tree Service” and retired after 35 years serving the City of Schuyler as a power lineman in 2010. They then moved to Woodcliff Lake, south of Fremont, where he enjoyed his retirement overlooking their peaceful fishing lake.
Ron was a lover of nature, always on the go - bumming around looking for a good deal, hunting and just talking with anyone about anything. He was frequently seen driving around Woodcliff Lake in his maroon ‘69 Lincoln with exterior-mounted speakers and rear dangling testicles, loudly blaring tunes from his youth, particularly George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings. Ron was the life of the party and was adored by everyone he met. He could strike up a lively conversation with a complete stranger "Slim", and couldn't leave until he told at least one joke, as if his duty in life was to put a big smile on every face he saw.
Although Ron was mischievous his whole life, he never found himself at odds with the law, with the exception of getting sentenced to Facebook Jail multiple times for alleged inappropriate political commentary, which he would swear was a misunderstanding. He was a gentle and faithful man, knowing deep in his heart that he would someday be reunited with his family in Heaven.
He is preceded in death by parents Ken and Esther (Cain) Kolm, and brothers Michael (Mick) and Gayland (Putt) Kolm. Survived by his wife Mary Ellen (Ballweg), daughter Tamara (Dan) Stepanek of Elkhorn, Grandson Alex (Allyson) Stepanek of Omaha, Abigayle Stepanek of Mesa, Arizona, and two great-grandchildren he adored, Olivia and Silas Stepanek.
And just one last thing... How do you make Holy Water? Spoiler: You boil the Hell out of it!