Thomas “Tom” Charles Kolar, Sr.
December 22, 1927 – June 25, 2020
Age 92 of Elk River, died peacefully on June 25. He will be dearly missed by his wife, Betty; his children, Laurel Kolar, Tom (Sarah) Kolar, & Ellen (Rick) Orndorf, stepdaughter Jackie (Caleb) Hard, & grandchildren, Emma & Frank Orndorf. He was preceded in death by his stepchildren Jenny & Curt Mulcare. Tom grew up in Riverside, Illinois & graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School. After serving in the Army in WWII he returned to the Chicago area, married Eleanore Hostika in 1952, & attended Illinois Tech where he received a degree in civil engineering. In 1963 the family moved to Minnetonka & in 1972 he started Linden Corp, a land development company. Tom was a first class jazz pianist & collected old jazz recordings because he felt jazz is a national treasure that should be preserved. He especially loved the music of Bix Beiderbecke & has been nominated for the “Bix Lives” Award for preserving his musical genius & contribution to American music culture. Tom was known for his intellect, wit, & charm, & devotion to his dogs, Frenchmen I-IV. His interests included flying, sailing, scuba diving & skiing. He was well read on his favorite subjects of General George Custer, the formation of the West, aviation, engineering, & the history of railroads. His quest for knowledge, humor, impromptu jazz performances & reminisces will be missed. Private interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. To share a memory email T-Kolar@comcast.net. Donations can be made to the Bix Memorial Society in Tom’s name in lieu of flowers at email@example.com (Published in the Star Tribune on July 19, 2020)