JackOn Friday we were informed of the loss of one of our great friends, John (Jack) Koblas.  He passed away late Friday night at the age of 70. He was one of the top experts on the James-Younger Gang and their travels through Minnesota and he  published many books on that subject.

Fellow author and friend Mark Boardman said it best on Facebook.

 Jack was a prolific writer on a number of subjects and in a number of genres. But he’s best known for his outlaw-lawman books, especially on the James-Younger Gang. Minnesota was a prominent theme in his writings, and his contributions were important.
Jack was the most genial and laid-back guy you could ever meet, with a wry wit that could catch you by surprise. He never failed to help folks who needed information or a speaker or other help.
God bless you Jack, and rest in peace.

Jack was  great friend to me and the Northfield Historical Society.  He will be greatly missed!