This Week on Knight Life
This week on Knight Life, we salute a brother who fought the good fight and is laid to rest.
Doug Kollash was Too young to leave us but one who lived a full life in the years God shared him with us.
This is Knight Life…our Mission is to Go Make a Difference – for our brother Knights, for their families, for life.
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Overview of the Podcast
This is Knight Life, a weekly program from the Iowa Knights of Columbus. I’m Ken Root
I met Doug Kollasch, from Algona, about four years ago at a state family meeting of the Iowa Knights of Columbus in Des Moines. He looked just fine and was jovially speaking to everyone. He told me that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumor that couldn’t be removed by surgery. He wanted me to interview him and use the information to help others who might face a similar problem.
That was the beginning of a number of interviews with Doug and his wife Teresa. Both had an amazingly positive attitude.
Doug brought a son Dustin, now a teenager, to their marriage. Teresa has given birth to two sets of twins since Doug’s initial diagnosis.
Over the course of the period from then until his funeral last Saturday, they walked the narrow and without faltering but they were not alone.
There is another element to this story — the community that surrounded them. Knights, friends in the church, friends from Doug’s job at Hy-Vee.
Speaking of his employer, Doug was one of those people who always had a smile and a sincere interest in the people he saw every day. As a result, he was selected to be one the faces on Hy-Vee’s trucks that cross the state. At the funeral, in a parking lot across the Street from St. Cecilia’s Church in Algona, sat the 50 foot trailer with a string of faces along the side. The man at the back was Doug, bright eyed smiling…the way everyone will remember him.
In activities of the previous day and Saturday morning before the service, Mike Gaspers and I spoke with many of Doug’s friends and brother knights. We share only two with you today.
Saturday, March 15 was a sunny day, as winter’s grip had finally started to release from the landscape,. At mid-morning, hundreds of friends assembled for Doug’s celebration.
Knights in regalia marched in to line the entire length of the aisle with several additional knights flanking the doorway. The casket was rolled forward to a large cross in the center of the church where father Edward Girres along with four other priests, deacons and family stopped for initial blessings.
Fr Girres addressed Doug’s Life in his message to the many who came, fitted tightly into pews from front to back.
Doug Kollash was a family man who was also a leader in his community. Besides that he liked motorcycles and music with a strong beat. The Music for the service was provided by St. Cecilia’s Praise Band. Tony Trainer plays piano:
How can we let go of a man who was so loved?
How can children be denied their father?
His wife denied a lifetime comforter and provider?
It is our faith that raises us up to the joy of heaven and the promise of eternal life.
A man of charity, compassion, brotherhood, and hope…..
Few of us will be tested as greatly as Doug Kollasch..
Even fewer will be able to stand with his demeanor at the gates of heaven and humbly ask to enter.
God Bless Doug Kollash, his family and friends. May he not have died in vain but lived to show us the way to greater service and compassion for our fellow man.
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