Robert Ellis Kolich, “Butch”
January 2, 1942- July 20, 2021
Robert Kolich, better known as Butch, passed away July 20th, 2021 in St. Leonard, MD.
Butch was born in 1942 of Joseph and Sarah Kolich in McKeesport, PA. He was involved in music early on, including with the McKeesport Junior Tambuitzans. He was an Eagle Scout and President of the McKeesport High School Band.
After enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1960, he was an instructor at the Field Music School at Parris Island, SC with the USMC Drum & Bugle Corps (The Commandant’s Own) Marine Barracks Washington, DC. His career in the Marine Corps spanned band music, machine guns, and computers. He retired as a M/Sgt. in 1980 after a tour in Vietnam and serving in all three divisions of the Marine Corps.
Butch and his wife enjoyed sailing all over the Chesapeake Bay for 35 years. He was well known for being active in community affairs and with the Marine Corps League Detachment in Patuxent, Maryland.
M/Sgt. Kolich is survived by his loving wife of 41 years Mary Lee, sons Robert Kolich Jr. and Lt/Col. Matthew Kolich USMC (Ret), grandchildren Brittney, Abby, and Nicolas, brother Cpl. Timothy Kolich USMC (Ret) and Sgt. Zane Donaldson USMC. This is a Marine family with multiple tours in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Butch’s funeral service will be livestreamed on Facebook. To watch his service if you can’t make it to the funeral home, go to Rausch Funeral Home’s facebook home page. It will begin about 12 55 PM
Saturday, July 24, 2021