Thomas Raymond Koballa

February 6, 1925 - January 21, 2010
Thomas Raymond Koballa

Thomas Raymond Koballa , 84, of Wilmington passed away on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at The Commons of Brightmore. He had previously been a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina for 35 years.

Tom was born February 6, 1925 in Palmer, Pennsylvania; he was the son of the late Michael and Anna Koballa. He served in the United State Marine Corps during World War II and after attending the University of Pittsburg, was commissioned in the United State Army where he was a Bronze Star Medal recipient during the Vietnam War. During his Army career, he completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at North Carolina State University. He later completed his working career teaching Psychology at Fayetteville Technical Community College at the age of 65.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dorothy A. Koballa; a brother, Emil Koballa and wife Erma of Fullerton, California; children Thomas R. Koballa, Jr. and wife Dava of Athens, GA, Donna M. Scroggins and husband Stacy of Jupiter, FL, Michael A. Koballa and wife Linda of Greensboro, NC, Dennis S. Koballa and wife Anne of Durham, NC and Patrick J. Koballa and wife Cheryl of Wrightsville Beach, NC; and 10 grandchildren, Kendal Koballa, Christopher McMillan, Matthew McMillan, Brett Scroggins, Michael Koballa, Jr., Kate Koballa, Emily Koballa, Sam Koballa, Erin Koballa and Kasey Koballa.

His family would like to express a special thank you to the doctors and staff of New Hanover Medical Group on College Road, the staff at The Commons at Brightmore and the members of Liberty Hospice.

The family will receive friends at Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, from 1:30 – 3:00 on Saturday, January 30, 2010.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Marks Catholic Church in Wilmington or to the charity of one’s choice in his name.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099

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  • January 22, 2010
    Pam McNeel says:
    I was so sorry to learn of Mr. Koballa's passing. I met him and his lovely, sweet wife a few years' ago at our beauty shop. Both were polite, and caring people. My thoughts and prayers are with Dot and her family.

  • January 22, 2010
    Kemp,Peggy Roberts & Family says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Dottie and the entire Koballa family. We salute this WWII and Vietnam veteran. With Love, Kemp, Peggy, Reagan and Grant Roberts Wilmington