Joseph Alexander Kolega passed away on June 22, 2020, at the age of 23. Joe recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a BSBA and worked for Seaboard Corporation in Merriam, Kansas.
Joe was born on August 13, 1996, to Sean and Carla Kolega. Joe is survived by his parents and siblings Natalie Cantrell (Brett) of Austin, TX, Nick Kolega (Emily) of Kansas City, MO, and Bill Kolega (Megan) of Tampa, FL. Joe is also survived by his nieces that he cared for dearly, Adelaide and Theadora Cantrell of Austin, TX. Joe is predeceased by his grandparents William and Shirley Ann Kolega, and Eugene and Lou Humbard.
Joe grew up in Shawnee, Kansas, and attended high school at Olathe Northwest. He played football in high school and was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji) fraternity at KU. Joe was well-loved and always surrounded and supported by many friends and family. He lived life to the fullest.
We are thankful for every day and moment with Joe. Our last memory with him was Sunday afternoon for Father’s Day. We shared a long lunch together, a memory we will treasure forever.
We will celebrate Joe’s life on Thursday, June 25, at 10:30am at the Johnson County KS Arts and Heritage Center Event Space (located at 8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66212).
In lieu of flowers, Sean and Carla request donations to First Call Kansas City. Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC