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Richard Hugo Kolb
  • August 21, 1929
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  • April 17, 2017

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Obituary

Richard H. “Dick” Kolb, 87, a retired Florida State Fire Marshall and retired Fire Captain for Daytona Beach, FL passed away April 17, 2017 in Ocala, Florida.  A native of Daytona Beach, FL, he moved to Ocala after retirement from the Daytona Beach Fire Dept. in 1974 to teach his profession at the Florida State Fire College.  His State Fire Certification number was 0001.  He was past president of Local 1162 I.A.F.F. in Daytona and Past Commander of the American Legion Post 143.  Dick was a Veteran of WWII and Korea and a recipient of several military awards.  His naval service was with the US Naval Construction Battalion (Seabees).  He loved fire service and his dedication showed it.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Betty E. Kolb.  He is survived by his daughters, Robin M. Fitchett, Bonnie Lee Steinberg, Richelle Holly Heath and Barbara Westlund; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.  He prevented and extinguished fires all his happy life.  For those who wish, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the IAFF Local 1162 Daytona Beach, FL 32115.  Arrangements by Baldwin Brothers Funerals & Cremations 954 E. Silver Springs Blvd. Ocala, FL 3252-236-5884.

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  1. 26 Apr 2017
    Sherry Mudge Findley says:
    My condolences.

  2. 25 Apr 2017
    Irene E. Mullen says:
    It was a honor to have known you and my husband and I enjoyed your own personal Firehouse and mementos. Hope you two meet up in the Firehouse in heaven & exchange stories. Mrs. "Moon" Mullen

  3. 24 Apr 2017
    Richelle Heath posted an image:
    The man, the myth, the legend.  There will never be another like him.
    The man, the myth, the legend. There will never be another like him.

  4. 23 Apr 2017
    Jeff Downs says:
    It was an honor to know this man. I was in his last recruit class in Daytona. He was the symbol of a great Firefighter. I always used Dick as a judge of any Fire Officer, very few met his standard. Rest In Peace, Captain.

  5. 23 Apr 2017
    Robin Fitchett lit a candle:
    Lit since April 23, 2017 at 4:29:25 PM

  6. 23 Apr 2017
    Robin Fitchett says:
    I'M NEW TO THIS FACEBOOK PROCESS. MY DAD WAS THE SAME WAY( MODERN STUFF). WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER IT WENT OLD SCHOOL WE READ A REAL NEWSPAPER. LOOK THROUGH REAL PAPER ADS OR CATALOGS. I LOVED MY DAD FOR WHO HE WAS. HIS HUMOR WAS A LITTLE OUT THERE WHICH WAS SO STINKIN FUNNY. WE WOULD TALK ABOUT THE WORLD AS IT IS NOW AND HE WOULD SAY "ROBIN YOU ARE JUST OLD" HE WAS RIGHT. I WOULD GO OVER,BUT FOR ME IT WASN'T ENOUGH, BUT HE WOULD SAY "THAT'S OK AND FOR ME NOT TO WORRY OR CRY" THAT MADE ME LAUGH BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I DO. I LOVE YOU DADDY AND WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART. LOVE ROBIN

  7. 23 Apr 2017
    Elainea Merrick Singleton says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  8. 21 Apr 2017
    Tracey says:
    I'm happy to have known this great man. I will never forget the barber's chair and his "king of the castle" speech. His dedication to all things firefighting and his family. My thoughts and prayers to his family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

  9. 21 Apr 2017
    Nicole posted an image:
    I am honored to have had the opportunity to know this incredible man and had him in my children's lives. He was a wonderful papa to them and the love between them was priceless. His memory will live on through the family and everyone who knew him. Rest in peace papa
    I am honored to have had the opportunity to know this incredible man and had him in my children's lives. He was a wonderful papa to them and the love between them was priceless. His memory will live on through the family and everyone who knew him. Rest in peace papa

  10. 21 Apr 2017
    Bonnie says:
    Daddy, I Love & Miss you so much. Your dedication to the Fire Service was beyond compare. Growing up in the Fire House Station 1 was This Little girls adventure. You passed on Fairness, Honesty & A Crazy sense of Humour. You touched so many Lives & Your Legacy Lives On. Rest in Peace, Bonnie Lee

  11. 21 Apr 2017
    Bonnie Lee Kolb lit a candle:
    Lit since April 21, 2017 at 4:31:20 AM

  12. 19 Apr 2017
    Richelle Heath says:
    What a wonderful life you had. I was blessed to be your daughter. I love you more than I can say and miss you terribly. I am so happy I got to spend the last 22 months with you. I have no regrets and I'd do it all over in a second. Please tell momma I love and miss her too. Until we meet again. Richee