William Kolish

Obituary of William J. Kolish

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William J. “Billy” Kolish, 65, of Winamac, IN passed away unexpectedly at IU Methodist in Indianapolis, IN at 11:38 am on Sunday, January 15th, 2023. He was born on August 9th, 1957, in Knox, IN, to Billy Joe and Fafalene “Fluff” [Howard] Kolish. He graduated from Winamac High School in 1977.  A rivalry football game in October of 1977 between Winamac and North Judson brought him together with the love of his life, Linda Lambert and they were married on March 18, 1978 at the Methodist Church in Winamac. They had two children, Chad and Beth.  Billy was a lifelong member of the Winamac FOE #2580 and Indiana Pulling League. 

Bill was called a character by many. Some loved him, some despised him and sometimes for the same reason, but to know him was to be entertained. He loved racing and pulling. He started his pulling career in mud bogging in Plymouth, IN with his brothers and progressed to 2wd and 4wd trucks where he pulled with his father and his son and occasionally his reluctant daughter.  He progressed to tractors where he was the points champion in Altered Farm, Hot Farm and Super Stock. He was never ashamed to jump a class and grab the last place check. Sometimes he was the pull because of all his trucks and tractors. One dark and cool night in Rensselaer, IN he came out of the smoke to become the only Altered Farm to win the Hot Farm class. The things that tickled Bill didn’t always tickle other people. He was proud of the fact that he had been to every NASCAR track in the U.S., Canada and Mexico while working the NASCAR circuit with Todd Braun’s racing team. He even became infamous for a fight in the pits with a rival team. You didn’t mess with his friends or people he loved.  Bill’s fondest memory from racing was spinning Tony Stewart out on a Go-Kart track. He got such a kick out of that story and it always managed to bring out his mischievous grin and his ornery chuckle.

Bill was a collector of fine things and a purveyor of treasures. Others might not see it that way but he didn’t care. He was quick to anger and quick to drop everything and help. He would give the clothes off his back to someone in need. He helped many strangers and many friends and worried over the less fortunate. Most of Bill’s recent animals came from stray pigs, deer or goats he found in the field. He loved those goats. No one would’ve guessed that he of little patience would come to love something that would run at you full force and head butt you for fun. He had a tough exterior and a heart of gold.

“The sad part of it is,” he still had so many projects he never got to finish and so many ideas only half-formed. He will be missed by many far and wide.


He is survived by:

Linda [Lambert] Kolish, Winamac, IN wife

Chad (Monica) Kolish, Winamac, IN son

Beth Kolish, Winamac, IN daughter

Fafalene “Fluff” (Bill) Jenkins, Winamac, IN mother

Susan (Jeff) Foust, Rochester, IN sister

Mark (Diane) Kolish, Winamac, IN brother

Melissa (Josh) Behny, Fishers, IN step-sister

Nancy Barsic, aunt

Joan Kolish, aunt

John (Judy) Kolisch, uncle

Iva Jean Minix, aunt

Sharon (Jim) Baker, aunt

Donna Howard, aunt

Roger (Phyllis) Howard, uncle

Many nieces, nephews and cousins

Lori Clark Kolish, Winamac, IN step-mother


Proceeded in death by:

John “Shorty” and Ann [Kronland] Kolish, paternal grandparents

Homer and Edna [Allen] Howard, maternal grandparents

Billy Joe Kolish, father

Kevin Kolish, brother

Robert Kolish, uncle

Fred Howard, uncle

Cliffton Howard, uncle

Joyce Sallee, aunt

Carolyn Minix, aunt

Lorraine [Howard] Kolish, step-mother


Visitation will be from 3-8 PM EST Friday, January 20, 2023 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.

Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM EST Saturday, January 21, 2023 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Chaplain Teri White officiating.

Private Burial will take place at a later date. 

Memorial Contributions may be made to Winamac FOE #2580.

Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.





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3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, January 20, 2023
Frain Mortuary
305 East Main Street
Winamac, Indiana, United States

Funeral Services

10:00 am
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Frain Mortuary
305 East Main Street
Winamac, Indiana, United States

Private Burial

will take place at a later date
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