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Arthur W. Kolb, 98, Formerly Of Stamford, WWII Veteran

Arthur W. Kolb
Arthur W. Kolb Photo Credit: The Daily Voice/Contributed

PUNTA, Fla. - Arthur W. Kolb of Punta, a former longtime resident of Stamford, died July 10. He was 98.

Kolb was born Oct. 16, 1915, in Yonkers, N.Y., the son of Fredrick and Florence Kolb. In Stamford, he was a parishioner of St. Cecilia Church and had worked for Wendon Corp. as well as being self-employed in the electronics business. He and his wife retired to Punta Gorda in 1984. He was a member of Punta Gorda Boat Club.

He was the former commander of the Ernest Pasqua Post, American Legion, and was a member of the 380th Bomb group of the Fifth Air Force during World War II. He entered the Army in 1942. He graduated from the Navigation Pre-Flight School at Selman Field, Monroe, La., in Januar 1943. He attended Air Force Gunnery School in Harlingen, Texas, and was appointed as an instructor. He taught aerial gunnery for about two years before going to the South Pacific as a member of the 380th Bomb Group of the Fifth Air Force. He was a charter member of the American Legion Ernest Pasqua Post in Yonkers, where he served as historian, county delegate, adjutant vice commander and a member of the Post Building committee.

Kolb is survived by his sister, Grace Nestor of Ringgold, Va.; and son, Robert A. Kolb of Stamford. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Eleanor Kolb; sisters, Virginia Conboy and Dorothy Divitt; and brother, Donald Kolb.

Calling hours are Tuesday, July 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home , 2900 Summer St., Stamford. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center Hope in Motion community .

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