Lee I. Colby
08/09/1931 - 02/26/2021
Obituary For Lee I. Colby
Lee Ival Colby, age 89, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 26, 2021 at his home at Meadowlark Retirement Village. He was born August 9, 1931 in Algoma Township to Merrill “Stub” and Eileen Colby. He graduated from Sparta High School and spent two years in the U. S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He married Luanne Virginia Fahling on October 10, 1959 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Conklin. He worked at the Sparta Foundry for 32 years and finished his career after 13 more years at Blackmer Pump. However, Lee will be remembered because of who he was outside work. He was known for his kindness, patience, and his sense of humor; and he touched countless lives with his generosity and love. He donated just under 41 gallons of blood in his lifetime, taught many years of Sunday School, sang in the choir for decades, worked on food trucks, drove friends to doctor’s appointments, helped neighbors and friends when he knew there was a need, and the list goes on. After his move to Meadowlark, he continued to impact those around him and loved to help wherever needed - he loved his fellow residents and adored all the staff. He was especially fond of his “coffee group”, who made him so happy there. Lee Colby truly was the best earthly example of Paul’s definition of love in 1Cor. 4-5 and will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Luanne, who he tirelessly cared for as dementia took her from him; his brothers, Kenneth and his wife, Florence Colby, Gordon and his wife, Avis Colby. He is survived by his children, Gary and Odessa Colby of Lexington, KY, Timothy Colby of Sparta, Janice and John Hill of Sparta; 6 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. As Lee had wished, cremation has taken place and due to Michigan’s funeral restrictions, a private family service will be held at a later date. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Emmanuel Hospice at www.emmanuelhospice.org or 401 Hall St SW #263, Grand Rapids, Mi. 49503.
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