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Edward Caesar Joseph Kolpak , Jr.
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 13, 1942
  • Place of birth:
    Oregon, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Mar 23, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
"I will fail you, but God never will."

Ed Kolpak left a lasting impression with all he came in contact with.  

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Margaret Ritter on 17th September 2016

"Always missed!!!"

This tribute was added by Rob Rotola on 13th September 2016

"Ed, I have fond memories of your love for all people. You are the greatest giver I ever met. Your work ethic was hardly matched. However your greatest legacy is your kids and grandkids and the next generation after them. Having met  each of your children and Rock/ Kami's children, there is much evidence of the blessing on your family tree. I know Marie has such a devotion to her grandchildren. They are in good hands."

This tribute was added by Kristin Casciani on 23rd March 2016

"Remembering you today, Dad!"

This tribute was added by Margaret Ritter on 15th September 2015

"I know how much Ed is missed by all the families.  He was such a fun guy when he came and visited his nephew Joey.  Much good thoughts for all the families."

This tribute was added by Debbie Rotola on 14th September 2015

"We are thankful that the K-12 Christian School that Ed build and his daughter Kami founded recently had a tremendous addition! A beautiful International Student Housing Complex is now in use for 60 students. The school, founded in 1999 is going strong and doing wonderful in every way. Visit www.LifePrep,US  to view pictures and learn about the school that Ed Kolpak built."

This tribute was added by kim babcock on 10th May 2015

"I remember Ed as a man who loved his wife and daughters deeply. He was a hard worker and a person that motivated others to achieve their best. I honor this husband and father."

This tribute was added by Sam Eure on 3rd April 2015

"Resr in paradise Mr.Kolpak(Ed) u will be truly missed thank you for everything and i send my condolences to your family I'm glad that you are no longer suffering and are with Jesus now love always Sam Eure and Loretta Eure and family."

This tribute was added by Grant Stahla on 31st March 2015

"Grandpa, I have only great memories of you. I am truly happy that you were able to spend the last years of your life living in "the wild." Thank you for all of you investments in people that have affect my life path and for your direct influence when I was younger. I'm excited and at peace that you are in heaven with mom right now."

This tribute was added by Jason Williamson on 30th March 2015

"My family and I were fortunate enough to know this family for many years. My most vivid memory of Ed was his overwhelming compassion and love he had for his family and his Lord Jesus.  Ed was a great example of God's tremendous love for his children in the way that he loved his own.  Some of my earliest church memories are filled with spending time with the Kolpak's and hanging out with Kami, Karen, and Kristin.  I was honored to spend two months with Kami in the Phillipines spreading God's word to the lost, and I am blessed to have Kristin as my lifelong friend.  Ed Kolpak, you were a gift from God during your time here on earth, rest in his loving arms.  I can't imagine how awesome it is to hear God open his arms wide open and say " Well done my good and faithful servant".  

John 14: 1-3  - Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.  In my father’s house are many rooms: if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

God bless you and your family.  We love you - Jason Williamson (Phelan)"

This tribute was added by Jerrod Denham on 30th March 2015

"My first real memory of my Uncle Ed was driving in a Uhaul from Globe, AZ in 1981 to move my Mom (his sister) and her kids to start a new life in California.  Patsy was always so afraid, but Uncle Ed made that trip so much fun just like he did with everything...

Well, 34 years later we are all still here after surviving the farm lifestyle in beautiful Greeley Hill And me surviving Fred the Pig!

It was really great to see Uncle Ed and Aunt Marie a couple of years ago when my brother Vince passed.  God bless all of the family and hope to see you really soon.  Love you!  Cousin Jerry wife Caroline and kids Maya and Max"

This tribute was added by Todd Masot on 30th March 2015

"Dear Wonderful Kristen, I love you very much and you are in my prayers as you are going through this hard time. I really did not know your father very well so it is hard for me to lay out some really meaningful thought other than to say if he was someone you cared about then he is someone I care about as well. Knowing he is in the greatest place there is communing with God face to face is a wonderful thing to know. I also see he was from OREGON (even though it was Illinois) and that fact alone explains a great deal of your greatness. I love you sis. Keep your head up. He is in a happy place!"

This tribute was added by Walker & Haley Schurz on 29th March 2015

"We are so sorry to hear about Ed's passing and our love to all the family.  He left behind a great testimony and even greater legacy in the lives of his girls.  Thanks for investing your faith in another generation that carries on with Jesus as you take up your place cheering them on from heaven.  May God's grace and comfort be very present and minister to every friend and family member."

This tribute was added by Vince Casciani on 28th March 2015

"Grandpa, you are the best example of a fighter I can look to. I know that whatever I may face, you've overcome much worse. To have seen you stick to God throughout so much hardship will forever keep me trusting the Lord. You were as good a grandpa as I could have ever needed, and you made me laugh every time I was with you.  I will always strive to be as strong and compassionate as you were, and I will forever love and miss you."

This tribute was added by Matt Casciani on 28th March 2015

"Ed, I don't think I have known anyone who was as much of a survivor as you.  To endure much of what life threw at you, and to not allow that to define who you were is a testament to your toughness.  Not becoming a bitter and negative person is also a tremendous example of what Jesus can do when given access to someone's heart.  Sure, like all of us, you were not without fault, but that is just proof we are in need of a Savior ... and, you were not too proud to embrace Him.

Also, thank you for giving me some of the best advice I could ever have gotten.  When asking Marie and you for your permission to marry Kristin, you essentially gave it to me conditionally:  you thought I would be a good husband to her, but that it wouldn't truly be known for 20 or more years down the road.  A valuable life lesson ... actions, especially over time, speak much louder than words.

Rest in God's Peace, Ed."

This tribute was added by Eugene & Ellen Ichinose on 28th March 2015

"Our thoughts and prayers
To this wonderful man and his family.
We are sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Vicki LaRue on 27th March 2015

"A very special man, full of kindness and unconditional love for his family and anyone he crossed paths with during his life. So blessed to have had you as my Uncle."

This tribute was added by Sharon Henrich on 27th March 2015

"Brother......My hope is that you are at peace, without pain, and know you will be missed by all.   You were always so strong (his football coach called him "the 135 pound brute").  And you were strong at the end.  We love you and hoping there is the most beautiful golf course in heaven so you can finally practice like you always wanted to do."

This tribute was added by Alyssa Crowley on 27th March 2015

"I'll sure miss those Walmart gift cards!  I'll never forget your amazing personality and I'm glad that you're in a better place now.  Love you Grandpa!
                                                 Alyssa"

This tribute was added by fontaine Nimmo on 27th March 2015

"May the Love of Christ Jesus keep you strong in His Peace."

This tribute was added by Ben Unkle on 27th March 2015

"Always sadness for the suspension of any loving relationship...until we meet again is so hard at the end of earthly life, but the MercyMe song "I Can Only Imagine"  speaks to his joy.   May the Comforter carry your family....until reunion day."

This tribute was added by Shelly LaRue on 26th March 2015

"Sorry about the loss.  My prayers go out to the family.  Ed may you rest  in peace and we will meet again."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Swedberg on 26th March 2015

"Thinking of you and sending my love and prayers during this time of sadness."

This tribute was added by Lindsay McCaw on 26th March 2015

"My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family."

This tribute was added by Margaret Ritter on 26th March 2015

"What a wonderful job Kristin putting this tribute together.  It was always fun to visit with Ed when he came to visit Joey & Cindy.  My condolences to all the family.  I know he will be very missed."

This tribute was added by lindy cockcroft on 26th March 2015

"Thanks for giving me life and unconditional love. Also for bringing our families together."

This tribute was added by Mary Sydney Barker on 26th March 2015

"May you rest in the arms of Jesus Dear Ed"

This tribute was added by Valerie York on 26th March 2015

"Some of my fondest childhood memories are when the Kolpaks would come visit us. My mom and Marie are cousins but they make everyone they meet feel like family. One visit coincided with a Girl Scout trip I was looking forward to but their visits were the ultimate. Ed created a hike for all of us girls to go on and I got a badge. I felt so special. Yesterday I was telling my son God's love is everywhere and he of course argued it was not in a tree and I said especially there. Ed inspired the notion that God was love and connection to all things and the divine was simply beautiful."

This tribute was added by Tom Casciani on 25th March 2015

"I know that my Redeemer lives. What comfort this sweet sentence gives. He lives, he lives, who once was dead. He lives, my every living head.
He lives triumphant from the grave. He lives eternally to save. He lives exalted, throned above. He lives to rule his Church in love.
He lives to grant me rich supply. He lives to guide me with his eye. He lives to comfort me when faint. He lives to hear my soul's complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears. He lives to wipe away my tears. He lives to calm my troubled heart. He lives all blessings to impart.
He lives to bless me with his love. He lives to plead for me above. He lives my hungry soul to feed. He lives to help in time of need.
He lives, my kind, wise, heavenly friend. He lives and loves me to the end. He lives and while he lives I'll sing. He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath. He lives and I shall conquer death. He lives my mansion to prepare. He lives to bring me safely there.
He lives, all glory to his name. He lives, my Savior, still the same. What joy this blest assurance gives. I know that my Redeemer lives."

This tribute was added by April Cockcroft on 25th March 2015

"Grandpa you had so much love to share. I'm thankful that you're finally freed from your emotional and physical pains."

This tribute was added by Cyndy Seaver on 25th March 2015

"So many great memories of Uncle Ed. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Roger Casciani on 25th March 2015

"To Ed, who left living proof that he was a good father and grandpa.............wonderful children and grandchildren, who will miss him."

This tribute was added by Tommie Cubine on 24th March 2015

"Thinking of you at this sad time and sending love and sympathy to all the family."

This tribute was added by Karen Crowley on 24th March 2015

"It's hard to find the words to say.  He instilled many, many important values in my sisters and me.  I owe him so much. He was a good father!"

This tribute was added by Jill Dietz on 24th March 2015

"Ed was such a loving man!  Every time we spent time with him he always treated us like family.  Our prayers for peace and comfort for his precious family.  We know that we all will see him again."

This tribute was added by Mia Casciani on 24th March 2015

"Love you Grandpa <3 I'm so glad you are in a better place!"

This tribute was added by Denise Schmitter on 24th March 2015

"I never knew your father, but knowing you as his daughter, he had to be an amazing man. Prayers for you and your family. May God surround you with comfort and peace."

This tribute was added by Sheri Gaughan on 24th March 2015

"My heart is full for you all! Such a great smile every time I saw Ed... So proud of his whole family....and you all are truly rare and special! Much love from the Gaughan's!"

This tribute was added by Matt Wilson on 24th March 2015

"May the Lord bless and keep you.  May the Lord shine His face upon you and give you rest."

This tribute was added by Marie Kolpak on 24th March 2015

"Finally seeing his Lord Jesus face to face. Ed was a character right to the end. Thanks for the memories... there are many!!"

This tribute was added by Jean Vinson on 24th March 2015

"May the Holy Spirit, the Great Comforter fill you all with a presence of peace, gentleness and great love at this time. Lacy sends you all her soft comfort too..."

This tribute was added by Lisa Martin on 24th March 2015

"Love, hugs and prayers to all of you!! Praying for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to rest on you. Ed is now in the loving arms of the Father."

This tribute was added by Lari Roberts on 24th March 2015

"My prayers are with each of you at this time. May the God of Peace touch your hearts and grant you comfort and healing."

This tribute was added by Erica Hurlburt on 24th March 2015

"Prayers for peace and comfort for your family. Thinking about you guys!"

This tribute was added by Matt Francis on 24th March 2015

"Thinking of your family during this time."


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