GORDON FRANCIS KOLLING, age 84, died peacefully at his home in Tucson, Arizona on March 1, 2022, after a battle with cancer. At his request, there will be no service.
Gordy was born on January 11, 1938, to Aage and Marie Kolling and lived in Chokio, and Morris, Minnesota as a child. He met his wife of 62 years, Bette (Couture) Kolling, at a student dance at St. Cloud State University.
Gordy was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. He and Bette also enjoyed boating and snowmobiling at their lake home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and hosting friends and family at their 440-acre ranch in the Black Hills, just south of Rapid City, South Dakota.
A successful entrepreneur and business owner, Gordy retired in 2000 from the business he and Bette built, a distributer for critical care medical products in the upper Midwest. Gordy and Bette moved to Saddlebrooke, Arizona and later bought a second home in the White Mountains of Arizona where they spent 15 enjoyable summers. They rode their Harleys throughout the Southwest, with many beautiful rides through the mountains of Arizona.
A life-long football fan, if Gordy wasn’t watching football he was listening to contemporary smooth jazz, the latter to the displeasure of his family. Although never one to wear his heart on his sleeve, Gordy loved nothing more than spending time with his family grilling great food, giving each other a hard time, and enjoying a cocktail.
In addition to his loving wife, Gordy is survived by his son, Thomas Kolling and wife Christine; daughter Jill Kolling; daughter Jeannie Kolling and husband Bradley Nelson; and grandchildren Jacob Kolling Biel and Olivia Kolling Biel.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.neptunesociety.com/location/tucson-cremation for the Kolling family.