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Orville Kollasch '68

Date of birth: January 15, 1946

Date of death: June 7, 1972

Age: 26

Lucky Bag

From the 1968 Lucky Bag:


From the November 1972 issue of Shipmate.

From the November 1972 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. Orville Alvin Kollasch, USN, died as a result of an aircraft accident during night carrier landing practice at NAS Lemoore, Ca., on 7 June. Memorial services were held 9 June at the base chapel. Funeral services were on the 12th in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Grand Rapids, Mich. Burial followed in Rosedale Memorial Park Cemetery.

Lt. Kollasch was born in Estherville, Iowa. In high school he belonged to the Honor Society and the Student Council as well as being a class officer. He was also active in football, basketball, wrestling and track. He continued his active interest in sports at the Naval Academy and was president of the Big Brothers of America his first class year. He majored in aeronautical engineering.

Following graduation in 1968 he went to Pensacola for flight training. He continued training at Meridian and completed it in Kingsville, Tx., with VT-23 in November 1969. He was kept on duty there as assistant operations officer and later aviation safety officer. While there he transitioned to A-4's and was qualified in helicopters. In August 1971 he was assigned to NAS Lemoore with VA-122.

He is survived by his widow, Susan, 1O1A Saratoga, NAS Lemoore, CA 93245; a son of 18 months, Scott Ryan Kollasch; and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Kollasch of Estherville, Iowa.

He is buried in Michigan.

Class of 1968

Orville is one of 29 members of the Class of 1968 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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