William Joseph Koloseike – Class of 1945

April 5, 1927 to March 6, 2020 Rest in Peace

The Alumni Association has been notified of the Death of an Alumnus who has been exceptionally dedicated and supportive of the school. To provide some level of recognition for his acheivement in life and his service to Leo high School, William Koloseike, also known as “Bill Kay” was elected to the Leo Alumni Association Hall of Fame and awarded entry at the 2009 Alumni Banquet.
According to his obituary, William was born and raised on Chicago’s south side Auburn-Gresham neighborhood along with his late brother Charles Blake Koloseike. He attended Little Flower grade school and Leo High School. He was called up for military service upon graduation from Leo and proudly served in the United Sates Marine Corps. After completing his military service was he attended Marquette University, and then Loyola University on the GI Bill, earning a degree in business.
It was after his graduation that he took a job in the retail automobile business as a salesman. He remained in the automobile industry for over 50 years having started the Bill Kay Auto Group with his first dealership in 1969. His dealership organization grew to 9 dealerships in Illinois and Arizona before his retirement in 2002. He was very passionate about the automobile business and employed and mentored many that became dealers themselves. Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Shirley Koloseike (McInerney) with whom he had 4 children. Bill is survived by many children and grandchildren.
Bill was known to anyone who knew him as a tough but generous man. Bill supported many charities and non-profits including Leo High School In addition he supported Loyola University, University of Chicago, and JDRF. After his wife’s passing, he decided it was time to give back, not just monetarily, but give of his time and volunteered for many years helping nurture children and their families through the Family Focus organization. He also worked with the Ignation Volunteer Corps, a Jesuit ministry, and was instrumental in the construction of St Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya. St, Al’s is the world’s first high school for AIDS orphans. He was there for the groundbreaking and worked toward its completion. Later, Bill was able to travel back to Nairobi for the school’s dedication.
For further information from the obituary of this amazing Leo Man’s life please click this link and otherwise review the internet and the are many articles directly and indirectly about his life and business activities.

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