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Henry E Kolman, Jr.

Born: Fri., Nov. 25, 1927
Died: Tue., Dec. 8, 2020

Funeral Memorial Mass and Gathering with Military Honors Date & Time PENDING

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Henry passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at the age of 93 surrounded by his loving family. He is predeceased by his parents, Josephine and Henry, and brother, Robert. Henry is survived by his loving wife Lillian, son Henry John (Mary), grandson Allen, nephews John (Nancy), Rich (Sue), Greg (Pam), and niece Kathy Siemianowski.

Henry was born and grew up in Chicago and enjoyed many years as a drummer in the Billy Reich Band. He also had many stories of boating experiences on Fox Lake and of his favorite Chrysler and Cadillac cars. He married Lillian after returning from his service in the US Air Force.

In the later years, life took Henry and Lillian to Okemos, Michigan continuing his career in truck manufacturing at Diamond Reo, where he was known as Hank. He enjoyed many summer weekends boating on Lake Michigan with the family on his favorite Chris-Craft Roamer. When the lake was rough we will always remember him calling it a “Roamer Day.”

Life would take Henry and Lillian to Mishawaka, Indiana where he would continue working with trucks at AM General. He recounted many stories of building military trucks and Humvees. One of his happiest moments was taking his grandson and a friend on an off road proving ground ride in a Humvee.

Henry was blessed to enjoy a long retirement with Lillian.  Henry, or Uncle Heinie, as he was known to many, will be truly missed by all his family and friends.  Henry was always very proud of his Slovenian heritage.

He requested in lieu of flowers donations in his name be made to:

St. Mary’s Slovenian Catholic Mission Church

14246 Main Street, Lemont, IL 60439   -  Ph.  (630-257-2068)

Due to COVID-19, no funeral services will be held at this time. A memorial mass and gathering with military honors will be scheduled for a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Debbie Zefran- Jerry.   Please check back on this site for future updates.


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Keenan Wynn
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
Sorry to hear of the passing of Hank. I send my condolences and hope everyone else is doing well in this trying time.

I worked with Hank at AM General for several years. His last few years there he was my immediate boss. He was a fountain of knowledge and I learned a great deal from him.

He loved Chicago and the various places he worked and always had great stories of his memories.

He will be missed.

Catherine A. Eberhardt
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
My heartfelt condolence to you Lillian and Henry. Surely he will be missed, until you meet again!! I found him to be quite lovable. Hugs, Cathy

Dick Dombkowski
   Posted Sun December 13, 2020
I was a co-worker with Hank at AM General in South Bend, Indiana. Hank was an enthusiastic worker and extremely knowledgeable person regarding vehicles. All the Cost Estimator's relied on Hank to make sure we had everything ready to bid on the Military Vehicles Contracts. Hank was very instrumental in AM General winning the 5 ton contracts and was THE reason AM General won the 1st Hummer Contract. It was a pleasure working with Hank.
Regarding his stories; when Hank told a story about his lake adventures (like stopping for lunch at a different port) or about his prior work experiences we all stopped working an listened to his stories. All his stories were dynamic and educational. His enthusiastic and emotional stories were about his wife and his son. Speaking of his son, came his proudest moment --- his son. We followed Hanks stories about his son through his son graduating from college to his son's first job after college. I only worked with Hank a few years in the 1980's; but you can tell he left an impression on me throughout my life.
Good bye good friend; God is waiting for you to made more friends in heaven!
Dick Dombkowski

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