James Edward Kolander

March 01, 1935, May 15, 2019

James Edward Kolander

James Edward Kolander, 84, of Sour Lake, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019. He was born on March 1, 1935, in China, to Marguerite Robinson Kolander and Eddie Herman Kolander. James worked in the labor gang for the railroad; then carpentry construction for several years; and for the last twenty-five years he was a farmer and rancher.

Survivors include his son, Rick Kolander; daughter, Vickie Kolander Pelt and her husband, Ken; son, Ronny Kolander and his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Reba Kolander Schroeder; son, Billy Kolander and his wife, Emy; grandchildren; Christie Sonnier and her husband, Scott; Lori Slocum and her husband, Reggie; Cody Kolander and his wife, JoLee; Tracy Brown and her husband, Robert; Darrel Pelt and his wife, Kim; Sommer Shackelford; Natasha Conner and her husband, Stephen; Morgan Kolander; Mallory Kolander; Kasi Bryant and her husband, Cody; Brandi Duplant and her husband, Jason; and William Schroeder; seventeen great-grandchildren; and sisters, Bobbie Thibodeaux and Margaret Ann Higginbotham.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife of sixty-five years, Yvonne Prather Kolander.

A gathering of Mr. Kolander’s family and friends will be from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, May 20, 2019, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. His funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Broussard’s, with his interment following at China


Gathering of Family and Friends
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Monday, May 20, 2019
5:00 p.m .until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral Service
Broussard's Mortuary - Major Dr.
1605 N. Major Drive Beaumont, TX 77713
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
10:00 a.m.
China Cemetery
30.059930 Zzz94.344110

Comments (7)

  • Adam Richard

    22 May 2019 at 01:49 | #

    My sincerest condolences to the family. He was a kind, good man. Your grandson and a best friend of mine, William, always spoke highly of you. You will be missed.

    And my apologies again, Mr. Kolander, for driving too fast down your street when going to visit the Schroeders!

    Rest in Peace, sir.


  • Lisa Broussard

    21 May 2019 at 22:15 | #

    So sorry for your loss. Sending my deepest condolences to the family.


  • Ben & Cortney Duplechain

    20 May 2019 at 17:22 | #

    Cody... My wife and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you & your loved ones. It is difficult to let go of someone that leaves this Earthly plane. We mourn because we have lost someone who has gone ahead of us to a much better place, a place promised & already waiting for us... John 14:3 "If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also."


  • Carl and Ariane Sutton

    18 May 2019 at 20:27 | #

    There's a little saying: My father didn't tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it. Well, Billy, you watched well, because he raised a fine son, with a good heart, who we are blessed to call friend. You know how much we love you and Emy. Please take care of yourself, friend.


  • Jerry and Cyndi Carrell

    18 May 2019 at 01:49 | #

    I met this man when I was a senior at Hardin-Jefferson a long time ago. I will always remember him as a man with a generous heart, a meal for me, and a room to stay in. As recently as Harvey, he and Yvonne opened their house to me so I could help my brother after the flood. We will miss him tremendously. Prayers for family and friends and know we miss him dearly.


  • Karen & Mike Ladyman

    17 May 2019 at 18:32 | #

    So very sorry for your loss, Billy and Emy. We love you much.


  • Christy Moss

    17 May 2019 at 14:51 | #

    i remember the first time we took my grandson to Billy and Emys farm. James and Yvonne came over to visit and see the baby. After Yvonne held him for a while, Courtney took him and was just sitting there holding him and James leaned over to her and said...."It's not like I don't know how to hold a baby." Towns was immediately handed over! It was funny....he was a sweet, sweet man. I know he will be missed


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