James Rush Kolp passed away peacefully Feb. 2, 2019, at the age of 90. He was born June 1, 1928, to Lida Saunders Kolp and James Rush Kolp, Sr., and grew up in Ida Grove.
Jim attended Grinnell College where he played football, earned a degree in economics, and met the love of his life, Nyda Lea Haas. Jim and Nyda married in La Crosse, Wis., on Aug. 19, 1950. After serving 18 months in the U.S. Army in Virginia, Jim and Nyda moved back to Iowa where Jim took a job selling life insurance door-to-door. In 1953, using every bit of their savings, Jim and Nyda purchased the Algona Insurance Agency, successfully growing the business for 50 years.
They raised a family: daughter Nancy and son Tom. They enjoyed many cherished friendships and helped make Algona an even more wonderful place to live. They loved their home on Minnesota Street, the dream home they built on Oak Ridge Drive, and their cottage on Lake Okoboji. They cherished their bridge clubs and many holidays/vacations with their couple’s club friends. They enjoyed golf, and in their retirement years, traveled to Europe, the U.S.S.R. (now Russia), and Alaska.
Jim was a Lion’s Club member, a Mason, and chaired the Algona Parks and Recreation committee. He was a devoted member of the United Church of Christ, where he served several years as a deacon. Jim and Nyda gave generously of their time and resources to their church, the community, and to their neighbors. If there was a need, such as when one of their babysitters was short on funds for college, they quietly stepped up.
James R. Kolp was a good, hard-working, honest man. He had a kind, beautiful, and giving heart. Later in life and for many years, he suffered from devastating bouts of depression. But his heart was always strong and pure. He had a self-effacing manner, a sense of humor and infectious laugh. If there was a game to play of any kind – cards, ping pong, or frisbee football, he was all over it.
He is survived by his son, Thomas Kolp; son-in-law, Steve Erickson; sister, Carol Kaberle; grandson Brad Erickson and his wife Catherine and great-grandsons Oliver and Emmet; grandson Jim Erickson and his wife Tara and great-grandsons Beckham and Crew and great-granddaughters Harlow and Indie; and grandson Grant Erickson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nyda Lea Haas Kolp; daughter, Nancy Kolp Erickson; and brother, Jackson S. Kolp. A private family memorial service will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.oakcrestfuneralserivces.com.