Guenther Kolb of Barneveld, Wis., and longtime summer resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Attic Angel Health Center in Middleton, Wis.

He was born on June 6, 1919, in Plankstadt, Germany, moving to the United States when he was 8.

He earned a B.A. at Hartwick College and an M.A. at Columbia University.

He served in World War II as a lab technician at Halloran General Hospital, and as an interrogator of prisoners of war in the European Theater in the campaigns of the Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland. 

Guenther married Victoria Larson on June 26, 1954, and moved to Deerfield, Ill. Together they raised their family and enjoyed an amazing 65 years of marriage.

He was an admired and respected biology and science teacher who inspired many young minds.

Guenther was actively involved in his communities, through church, Lions Club, Optimist Club, Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and the American Legion. He served as an AFS officer and he was a Freemason for 75 years. 

Guenther is survived by his wife, Victoria Kolb; daughters, Wendy (Mike) Harris, Debbie (Kevin) Magee and Kamie Kolb; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at Attic Angel Place in Middleton with military honors. For information regarding memorials and honoring Guenther visit