In loving memory of

Clifford Paul Kolberg
January 18, 1921 - January 3, 2019

Clifford Paul Kolberg, age 97, passed away on Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. He was born on January 18, 1921 in the Town of Howe, Wisconsin. He was the son of Paul A. Kolberg and Anna P. (Heinrich) Kolberg. Married to Verabelle V. Baumann for 28 years. Married to Marie J. Burga in 1977 until her death in 2017.

Clifford went to high school in Milwaukee, and graduated from University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in mechanical engineering. He served in WWII flying 50 missions in Europe. He achieved the rank of 1st Lieutenant, and 1st pilot of a B-24 Liberator. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters Military Medals. The country of Greece also awarded him the Hellenic Medal.

Upon Returning from the war, he earned his Light Building Certificate from U.W. Madison. He began his residential building career in 1950 as Kolberg Builders, Inc. As a charter member of the Madison Area Builders Association, he participated in numerous Madison Area Parade of Homes. He built many homes on the west side of Madison, including the University Hill Farms Neighborhood. He also was a co-developer of Belmar Hills Neighborhood in Fitchburg. His hobbies included fishing, flying, hunting, forestry and snow skiing. Later in life his interests included managed forestry, and he was an early member of the Wisconsin Woodlands Owners Association.

Clifford is survived by children: Paul (Mary) Kolberg, Sharyn (Jim) Bents, Terry (Nancy) Kolberg, Janice (Pat) Grosse, Karen (Mike) Stolen: his grandchildren Derrick (Angela) Bents, Lindsay (Ben) Betita, Erica (Susnata) Basak, and Caitlin Kolberg; and his great grandchildren Jonah Betita, Adelyn Basak, and Conor Bents.

A visitation will be held at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 110 N Whitney Way, Madison, on Monday, January 7, 2019, at 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Service will be officiated by Pastor Jason Zobel. Memorials may be made to Mount Olive Lutheran Church.

Please share your memories at

Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road Madison
(608) 238-3434


Debra Baumann wrote on Jan 12, 2019:

"I just wanted to give my sincerest condolences to Terry. I saw your father?s obituary online. My name is Debra Baumann (Debi) and we graduated in 1973 from Memorial High School. So very sorry to read about your father?s passing. Take care. "

Delbert [Wayne} Kolberg & Barb wrote on Jan 9, 2019:

"Our deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad, Clifford was my cousin, his dad & my dad were brothers. I remember him coming to some of our family reunions up north. Very respected"

Gerald W. Meier wrote on Jan 7, 2019:

"You have our deepest sympathy on your loss. We are ever grateful for the help he gave Romaine when she moved to Madison after high school graduation The Gerald Meier Family"