Kenneth Lee Koloff

July 29, 1930 ‒ January 09, 2019

Delaware, Ohio

Kenneth Lee Koloff, 88, of Delaware passed away Wednesday evening, January 9, 2019 at the Ohio Living Sarah Moore Home.

He was born July 29, 1930 in Richwood, Ohio to the late John and Antoinette (Fryman) Koloff and proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. On September 18, 1954, he married the love of his life Mary Lou Parsons.

Kenneth was a retired Lieutenant with the Upper Arlington Fire Department and a member of the Sunbury Christian Church. He loved the outdoors especially camping and fishing and he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Mary Lou; sons, Scott (DJ) Koloff, Chris (Sharon) Koloff and Kevin (Sue) Koloff; daughter, Lisa (Charles) Febus; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Janet (Hugh) McLaughlin; several nieces, nephews extended family and a host of friends.

In addition to his parents, Kenneth was preceded in death by his brother John Koloff Jr.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm at the Sunbury Christian Church, 870 Admiral Drive, Sunbury, OH, where services celebrating Kenneth’s life will follow at 12:30 pm with Pastor Mike Bratten officiating. Private family burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Contributions in Kenneth’s memory may be made to the Sunbury Christian Church, 870 Admiral Drive, Sunbury, OH 43074.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

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  • Scott and family, my condolences to the family. Having worked for many years with Ken, I got to know him very well. Always a great time and I enjoyed working with him.
    One my best memories was when he gave me his Lieutenants hat badge, when I was promoted. A greater honor was when I passed it on to you when you were promoted to Lt. I know he was proud to do that for me and more so when I gave it to you.
    rest in peace Kenny, you won’t be forgotten. Thanks for the many years of friendship my Friend. .
    Dale Miller
    Retired LT. UAFD

  • Dear Koloff family:

    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Our Dads were firemen at UA. My Father, Nolan Coey passed away on 12/23/18. Peace be with you during your time of sorrow.

    Sharon (Coey)Sunseri

  • Scott: Your dad was my friend and mentor. Observing his treatment of the men under his command made a huge impact on my life and career and I regret that I never told him that. I guess firefighters don’t always share their true feelings. He was truly a great individual. I know you followed in his footsteps, and for that I am grateful for knowing you as well.
    I know he is with Jesus now.

  • Scott: I am sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I always enjoyed working with him and loved his dry sense of humor. Kenny was a bear of a man with a heart of gold and he will be missed. Take some comfort in knowing that he made many lives better in their time of crisis and that he made us all better people by being our friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Scott, Ken was my very first officer when I started my career with the UAFD. He terrified me on my first in counter. I soon discovered he was a lot of bark and just a little bite.Your dad was great to work for and I gained a lot of knowledge.
    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Koloff Family
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. He was a special man and when I was younger at Martin Rd. Christian Church, he would always stop to talk to me, encourage me and was like having another grandfather. Sadly it’s been years since I’ve seen him but I know he was so loving to his family. My condolences to you all. He is Home with our Lord. God Bless.

  • So sorry to hear of Kenny’s passing. Have so many fond memories of him. Loved his big smile and laugh. Your family is in our prayers. We won’t be with you, my Dad is in Hospice care and in his last days. Love to all of you.

  • Scott, I’m sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Ken was one of the six Lieutenants when I became a UA Firefighter. Although I never worked on his Unit, I did work with him on overtime shifts. We had some “adventures” while working together, but now I can’t remember the details! What I do remember is his big smile, his laugh, and how I always knew how he felt about something. Ken was truly a good man, and I’m sure he will be missed by all who knew him. Thinking of you and your Family, and praying for the Lord to comfort you.

  • Thoughts and prayers to your family at this difficult time. Many fond memories of being in their home and enjoying fun times.

  • Miss seeing and hearing stories about you and your family. You are truly blessed. I taught the aquatic arthritic class at the Powell YMCA. I remember you
    telling that your husband would go to bed early and you later. Kathleen thomas