Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 22, 2014

Dr. Greg C. Kolle

TRAVERSE CITY — Dr. Greg Carl Kolle, of Traverse City, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home Tuesday morning, March 18, 2014. He was born in Detroit, on Jan. 25, 1952, to parents, Otto and Dolores (Kuschel) Kolle. He graduated from Thurston High School, Redford Township, in 1969 and in 1975 he graduated from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Ill.

Greg married Donna Smith in 1977 in Aurora, Ill. They moved to Traverse City to open his Chiropractic office in 1979. Greg and Donna welcomed two sons, Bryant and Daniel, in 1983 and 1986.

Greg retired from his practice in 1994. In 1996, he and Donna started a new business together: Total Merchant Services. Greg’s love of personal interaction provided a level of customer service not often seen in the business world. His penchant for talking to each person, either while practicing chiropractic or servicing our community’s financial processing needs, led people to remember him most by his stories.

Greg laid claim to a myriad of different interests. His joy of sportsmanship in fishing and boating were sure to add extra energy to his step, especially when his sons were able to join him. There was no stopping his enthusiastic conversation concerning his love of classic cars or boats of any kind. Greg often dreamed of owning one while pouring over classic car/boating magazines, or talking to his sons Bryant and Daniel about them. Greg enjoyed tinkering with a vast array of projects, from woodworking, to yard work, to small engines.

Greg was a supportive son who enjoyed spending time with his parents on Florida’s beaches during the harsh northern Michigan winters. The water was a place of serenity and peace for Greg as evidenced by the amount of times he and Donna traveled to the Empire beach to enjoy sunsets together. A huge blessing in his life was when he became a grandfather in 2012 with the birth of his granddaughter Gisella.

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