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.