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Joel Kolle

November 01, 1954 - March 10, 2016

Funeral Services - Friday

March 18, 2016
- 2:00pm

Boulger Funeral Home

Visitation - Friday

March 18, 2016
12:00 noon - 2:00pm

Boulger Funeral Home


Boulger Funeral Home

Joel Kolle

November 01, 1954 - March 10, 2016


Joel Kolle, 61, of Fargo, North Dakota passed away peacefully on March 10, 2016 in his home.

Joel was born on November 1, 1954 in Fergus Falls, Minnesota to Mary Frances (Nelson) and Clifton Kolle. He graduated high school from Elbow Lake in 1972. After high school he attended Moorhead State University where he earned a bachelor of science in accounting. While attending college he met his future wife and the mother of his two sons, Marlene Anderson.

After graduating college he held many accounting positions before acquiring his first position at Western Cooperative Credit Union in Williston, North Dakota. Here he spent many years progressing with the company culminating with the CEO position. When his sons moved to the Fargo area to attend college he returned and held positions at Northwestern Bank in the surrounding communities. Desires to return to smaller financial institutions lead him to a couple of credit unions across the state. His desire to spend time with his children and grandchildren lead him back to the Fargo-Moorhead community to take a position at Cash Wise Foods as a front end manager.

With his positions in the financial industry he was part of many civic clubs including Ducks Unlimited, LIONS Club, Rotary Club, Rocky Mountain Elks Foundation, and ELKS Club. He also coached hockey and baseball and participated in many local sports functions and fundraising. His hobbies included watching as many of his sons’ sports and school activities as possible, coaching, and spending time in the outdoors with his friends and family. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his sons and his grandchildren.

Joel is survived by his two sons Ryan (Jocelyn) Kolle and Adam Kolle in Fargo, ND; two grandchildren Carson Richard, 4, and Kenadi Jo, 2; sisters, Janet (David) Beyer, Joyce (Henry) Wittkopp, and Julie (Arlie) Schmitz as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. Other family members survived by Joel are Cyndy Gustafson and Dennis Miller. Joel was preceded in death by his parents Mary Frances and Clifton Kolle, his brother Jim and sister Judy.

Funeral services will be held at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo, ND on Friday March 18, 2016 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. A visitation for family and friends will be held 2 hours prior to the funeral service.


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30 responses to “Joel Kolle”

  1. Dave Hauser says:

    Sorry to hear about the loss of Joel. He will be missed by all.

  2. Jeanne Knudsvig says:

    Dear Ryan & Adam

    So sorry to hear of your Dad passing away! May God comfort all of you at this time.. Keep Joel’s memories close to your hearts to help you through the days ahead…

    Sincere Sympathy,

  3. Gene and Lynn Jensen says:

    Our sympathy to you during this most difficult time. Remember God is with you always. Your Dad was a special man and remember all the good times and smile. I’m sorry we will not be able to attend Joel’s funeral but know we are thinking of you.

  4. Larry Novak says:

    Adam and Ryan
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. Please take comfort in the fact that he was very proud of you two and know that he touched a lot of peoples lives while he was here.

  5. Rod & Sandy Opperud says:

    Dear Adam,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. We have many good memories of tennis and hockey times with him. He loved watching you play and spending time with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love & Peace, The Opperuds

  6. Shawn W says:

    Joel was a very gentle man. From when I was small until now in our later years I never once seen Joel nit smiling. Everytime I would run into him either it be at a Red Hawks game, a Fargo Force Hockey game, or at Ryan’s house for a BBQ he was always smiling. I will miss the way he laughed. He laughed with such belief and love his whole body shook. Joel will be missed but remember he will always be watching from above. Joel will still never miss the future games or concerts of his grandkids just as he never missed the ones of his children Ryan and Adam.

  7. Barb Aamot Tietz says:

    I am sorry to read about Joel’s death. The Kolle family lived next door to us in Wendell, MN. What a wonderful family they were. My sympathies are with you.

  8. Tanya Janes says:

    I am sorry to hear of Joels passing. I only knew of him from Cash wise. He was such a kind, caring man. He always had a smile on his face and was so nice. I will miss seeing him at the store. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Jim Bourgois says:

    I got to know Joel through work and as a golfing buddy, I always enjoyed his company immensely. His love of family, friends, and sports was infectious and uplifting. He will be missed.

  10. Michele Jacobson says:

    You all are in my prayers. I worked with Joel and he always made me laugh!! He will be missed! He would show me pictures of his grand kids all of the time 🙂

  11. Donna Sommer says:

    I got to know Joel while he worked at Dakota West Credit Union. He always had a joke and a smile. He was quite the guy and oh, did he love his grandchildren, always showing pictures of them on his phone. He will be missed! My sympathies to his family!

  12. Jayne Pochant says:

    I had the privilege of working with Joel in Washburn. His smile was infectious! He LOVED his grandchildren unconditionally and they were his pride and joy. He always talked highly of his children and he was always excited for his trips to Fargo to spend time with his family. Hold your memories tight as they will comfort and guide you through this difficult time. And smile as you remember your dad because I am sure he is smiling down on all of you. Prayers and sympathy to all of his family.

  13. Lester Mutschelknaus says:

    Sorry to hear of Joel’s passing. He will be missed.

  14. Rob & Tracey Haugenoe says:

    Ryan & Adam,
    So sorry about the loss of your Dad.
    Thoughts & Prayers sent your way.

    Rob & Tracey Haugenoe

  15. McKenzie McCoy says:

    So sorry to hear about Joel! I will always remember how he ADORED his grandkids!! Such a proud, grandpa!

  16. Cathy (Aamot) ward says:

    So sorry to hear about Joel. He grew up next to us in Wendell. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  17. Leslie Hanson says:

    Ryan and Adam,

    So very sorry to hear about Joel. He will be missed by many. I so enjoyed working with him at WCCU and seeing him at sporting events throughout the year! He loved you all so much! Rest in peace Joel,

    God Bless,

    Leslie and Randy Hanson

  18. Dwight and Suzanne Eiken says:

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss. We knew Joel from business, church, Rotary, and community events while he was in Williston. He obviously loved his sons, spoke glowingly about them, and enjoyed everything about their sports and their lives. Rest in peace Joel, we will miss you.

  19. Tom and Carol Ritter says:

    Ryan and Adam:
    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. We always enjoyed the great times we shared with your family while you boys were growing up. As we are in Arizona, we will be unable to attend the service.
    At supper tonite with Greg and Kay Anderson and Dale and Karen Haugen, we said goodbye to our kind and gentle friend Joel with a farewell toast.
    Our deepest sympathy to you. He touched many with his kindness and humility and will truly be missed. God Bless.

  20. Karen Bowman says:

    I worked with Joel at Dakota West Credit Union. He always had a smile and generally a joke or two. He was so proud of those grandkids and loved sharing new pictures he had gotten of them. How ironic that he moved to Fargo which enabled him to spend time with his family. Thoughts, prayers and sincere sympathy to your family.

  21. Rod Diede says:

    I express my deepest condolences to Joel’s family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  22. Valerie (Kolle) Laidlaw says:

    Joel was such a nice, kind cousin, always smiling. He was less than two months younger than my brother Ron, so we were all close friends when we were little “baby boomers.” We will miss him, and we send our love to his family.
    Valerie Jean (Kolle) Laidlaw & husband, Richard Laidlaw.

  23. Pat Triggs says:

    Sorry to hear of Joel’s passing. He was a really good person. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

  24. Shelley and Matk Ellis says:

    We are so sad to see that your dad has passed away. We have such fun memories when we all followed you boys in baseball! Joel was such a fun loving guy, with a great laugh and a kind, gentle spirit! I’m sure he was a wonderful grandpa, too! May God hold you in the palm of His hand today, and the days ahead. Your in our thoughts and prayers…….
    Your old friends, Matk and Shelley Ellis

  25. Kathleen and Drew Imes says:

    Our sincere condolences to you all. He was a good man.

  26. Brenda St. Pierre says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you! Your dad was an awesome guy!

  27. Claudette (formerly Vilker) Lozano says:

    Joel’s smile was infectious. Our kids played together in Williston when they were young. I am so sorry to hear of his passing.

  28. Kristel Olson says:

    Ryan, Jocci and Adam,
    I so wish I could have been able to maneuver my work day in order to come for the funeral to give you all a big hug! I will always remember his friendly smile. My thoughts have been on you as the emotions of losing a parent are strong. Cherish the time you had with him, as he would want you too.
    With love and hugs,
    Kristel Olson

  29. Ed & Connie Sundby says:

    Ryan, Adam and families: Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  30. Tom & Laurie Vesledahl says:

    Just found out about Joel’s ( Joe that’s what we called him) passing. I played softball and basketball ball with Joel for several years. Ran into him at a Moorhead Legion baseball game a few years ago and had a chance to catch up on how things were going for him. Hadn’t seen him for several years and did not realize how many medical issues he had experienced. Wished we could have kept in touch more over the years but life takes you in different directions. He always had a positive attitude and was always fun to be around. Our thoughts and prayers are with his sons and their families which he was very proud of. He will be missed!

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