Lynn Kobliska had his roots in Waterloo, IA. When he moved to the Washington DC area and began work with the US Department of Justice, U.S. Marshals Service, he discovered Camp Courageous as a “Combined Federal Campaign” charity and began supporting the camp in 2000. In June of 2007 Lynn visited Camp Courageous with his Dad, Harlan. During the tour we visited about a train that was being given to camp by Tom & Nan Riley. Lynn lit-up! Lynn loved trains and thus began a very close relationship, that ended way too soon. Lynn took weeks and weeks of vacation time to come back to Iowa to help lay the train track, meet with Iowa State Engineering students working on car design, he sought out donations of equipment and supplies, attend the Pineapple Gala, provided camperships, and so much more.
Lynn carrying railroad ties to be laid in the new train depot.
Lynn in a conference room of the U.S. Justice Department. On Lynn’s office wall was the Camp Courageous Trail Blazer Award Lynn received for his Exceptional Volunteerism and on tables were items from camp, like a gold train spike, given out to the key individuals in the building of the train at camp.
Lynn’s wife, Martha, was also very involved with Camp. They were truly a joy to be around, and they treated visitors like royalty when visiting the DC area. One could not have known a nicer couple. Martha is with Homeland Security and formerly with the Secret Service.
While recently visiting the Kobliskas in DC, Lynn introduced me to dozens of his friends as…”this is Charlie Becker from Camp Courageous…you know the camp I’m always talking about,” and they knew exactly what he was talking about.
Lynn with his daughter, Jenny, at her recent wedding.
Lynn was currently working on obtaining a caboose for the camp.
Lynn Kobliska will be forever remembered at Camp Courageous for his incredible dedication, his great sense of humor, and for being such a good and caring person. He will be profoundly missed…