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John W. 'Jack' Kolstad

John W. 'Jack' Kolstad

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John W. "Jack" Kolstad, 76, of Billings, passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 11, 2003, at his home.

Jack was born on June 20, 1927, in Billings, a son to John and Lela (Gleason) Kolstad. He was raised and educated in Billings and while attending high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in WWII. Following his honorable discharge, Jack returned to Billings, where he graduated from Billings Senior High School in 1947.

Jack loved to dabble in art, so he moved to Seattle, where he attended commercial art school. He returned to Billings and started his career with the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier. Later in his career, he became the post office "staff artist" making signs and other art objects when necessary. He also designated the Billings 100th Anniversary post office cancellation stamp. In 1984, Jack was the winner of the Red Lodge Centennial Logo design that was used for the town's logo.

Jack married the love of his life, Vera Wlosak in Billings, on Jan. 14, 1955.

Jack retired from the post office in 1982 after 30 years of service. Following his retirement, Jack and Vera spent a lot of their time at their second home in Red Lodge. In 1996, they returned to their Billings home full time.

Jack had a wonderful dry sense of humor, he was known for his quick wit. He loved to paint and to draw cartoons depicting funny events that happened at work or home.

Jack is survived by his loving wife, Vera; his son and his wife, John and Diane of Lake City, Fla. He is also survived by his sister, Betty Jane Snyder of Granbury, Texas; his two grandsons, Andrew and Charles; his nephews, Mark, Tommy and Chuck; and his nieces, Isla Jane and Patricia.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Interment with military honors will follow the service at Mountview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Mountain Home Care, 2110 Overland Drive, Billings, MT 59102.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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