Mark Koller, a funny, kind man, dies after serving Lincoln | Local business news
Mark Koller had “the most welcoming, welcoming smile” his friends had seen.
He could calm people down, including young Becky, whom he made laughing. Because of this, she married him.
During their 44-year marriage, Koller continued to joke – even in his final hours. Three days before his death, he looked at his wife and asked, “What the hell happened?”
“He knew what happened. He tried to comfort me a little,” said Becky Koller. “He was a great joke, he was fun on a good joke. He was just a pretty great guy.”
Mark Koller died on January 21st – just one day before his 69th birthday. Parkinson’s disease was diagnosed in 2013, the disease began to progress in 2019, and he was admitted to the hospice on the last day of 2020.
Koller dedicated himself to helping people throughout his life. With degrees from the University of Cincinnati and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, he advised people on their finances and did his best to help people with poor creditworthiness.
The couple lived in Kentucky for 13 years. Then Koller followed his wife to Lincoln in 1998.
The Nebraskans opened their arms to the Kollers, and Mark admired Lincoln. He served on several groups including the Nebraska Business Development Center Advisory Board, NeighborWorks, and the Chamber of Commerce. He founded Community Hope Federal Credit Union of Lincoln in 2017 and served as CEO until 2019 when it merged with Cobalt Credit Union.