He was born in North Platte, on May 8, 1976, to Dale Allen and Sharlene Joy Claymon Woodring. He attended Maywood Public Schools, excelling in music, academics, and track. His love for baseball started at the age of 5 with the Stockville Little League and continued with Legion Ball, and coaching Stockville Little League. Baseball and the Atlanta Braves were always a special passion of his. He graduated in 1994 from Maywood High School and attended McCook Community College. Kolby welcomed a son, Taylor James Walker, into this world on December 16, 1995. He went on to the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1996. He quit school in 1997 to work full time at Valentino's and then became a manager at Perkins Restaurant in Kearney.
Kolby and Kari Blecha were married in LasVegas, Nev., on July 9, 2000, with many family and friends in attendance. Their son, Braydon Michael, was born on September 20, 2001. They moved into their new home in October of 2003, and were anxiously awaiting the arrival of a new baby in July. Kolby started a new job as general manager at the Chicken Coop in Kearney in December. He was a very loving father and husband. He worked hard all his life and will be missed by many family and friends.
Survivors include his wife Kari of Kearney; two sons, Taylor James Walker of Hayes Center and Braydon Michael Woodring of Kearney; his parents, Dale and Sharlene Woodring of Stockville; two brothers, Kyle and wife, Angie Woodring of Beaver City and Kipp Woodring of Manhattan, Kan.; two nieces, Kylee and Madison Woodring of Beaver City; grandparents, Marvin Woodring of Stockville and Barbara Woodring of Curtis; mother- and father-in-law, Mike and Kathy Blecha of Haigler; brother-in-law, Lonne Blecha of Chandler, Ariz.; grandparents-in-law, Earl and Ilene Erdman of Haigler and Jeanie Blecha of Benkelman; and great-grandmother-in-law, Lucille Spaulding of Benkelman.
He was preceded in death by sister Brenda; infant brother, Phillip Lee; grandparents, Alvin and Thelma Claymon; great-grandmother, Grace Woodring; and a cousin Keela Rae Holmberg.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at 10:30 a.m., at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Curtis, Nebraska, with the Rev. Allen Hodges officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Blase-Wetzel Funeral Home in Curtis.
Burial will be in the Arbor Cemetery, Stockville.
A memorial has been established.