Emrick Paul “E. P.” Kolly passed away on January 26, 2018. A viewing will be held at Elmwood Funeral Home beginning at 6:00 p.m. to be followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. Funeral mass will be at Holy Family Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018.
E.P. was born Emrick Paul Kolodziejczyk on June 22, 1922 in Yorktown, Texas. Long known as “Kolly” by his friends and colleagues, he officially changed his last name in 1968. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Josephine (Kempf). He is survived by their five children, Donald Kolodziejczyk, Loretta Prokop, Dwayne Kolly, Marilyn Warren, and Judith Raven. He was blessed by five grandchildren, Faye Kolly, Martha Mosinski, Kathryn Kolly, Jimmy Steele, and Alison Steele, as well as with seven great-grandchildren.
His family moved from Yorktown to Wilson, Texas when E. P. was an infant. He was raised on the family's cotton farm and graduated from Wilson High School. E. P. joined the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II shortly after his wedding with Josephine, and served in the Pacific Theater from 1943 until discharged in1945. He resumed a career in banking upon his return from military service working in Slaton, Odessa, and Houston. In 1968 he came to Abilene to work at Abilene National Bank, later serving as President of Security State Bank. He remained in Abilene until December 2016 when health concerns led him to move to Austin to be closer to family.
He and Josephine were devoted Catholics and were among the first members of Holy Family Catholic Church when the parish was organized. Throughout his life, E. P. exemplified the values and teachings inspired by his abiding Christian faith. He was known for his openness, friendliness, and generous spirit. He gained the respect and friendship of people from all walks of life. He was a faithful and devoted husband and father, and a constant beacon of love and good humor for his grandchildren.
Kolly loved sports and the outdoors. Throughout his life he was an avid fisherman, and often enjoyed hunting. He was a dedicated and serious bowler, and continued to participate in team bowling into his 90s. For many years, he owned a small ranch in Eastland County that was universally known as “Kolly's Folly”, where he ran cattle, hunted and fished. He greatly enjoyed the physical labor at the ranch and the projects he undertook there.
E. P.'s family and friends will forever hold the memory and spirit of this good and humble man in their hearts.
So many fond memories of Mr. Kolly. Riding horses and dove hunting at Kolly’s Folly. He and Mrs Kolly were very dear and longtime friends of my parents, Adrienne and Gerry McAuliffe. They also send their condolences for the loss of their dear friend.
Kathleen McAuliffe SmithLaguna Vista, TX
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences. I can only imagine how hard this is for you. We were never created to live and then die; that wasn’t Jehovah’s purpose for us
(Genesis 1:27,28.) Our loving creator is hurting just the same right now over this horrific loss and already has plans to swallow up death forever - Isaiah 25:8. Please allow this hope through Gods word to help you cope during your time of bereavement
So sorry for your loss!
Jane ZonsBelvidere, IL
What warm, fond memories of E.P. and Jo. Love to your families.
Michael & Sherri McAuliffeAbilene, TX
My heartfelt condolences to this wonderful family on the loss of a great man. Not only was "Mr. Kolly" the best friend of my father for many years in Abilene, he also gave this kid a summer job at Security State Bank during my high school years. He was one of the most warm and kind people. May his family be consoled during this difficult time.
Kelli McAuliffe SpencerBenbrook, TX
What a wonderful world, it would be, if all humans could have the character, kindness and thoughtfulness of my friend, of over 50 years, E. P. Kolly.
Harold B. WrightBedford, Texas 76033-7202, TX