Farming Rural 18

Harold Arthur Colby

January 22, 1923 ~ December 3, 2019 (age 96)


Harold A. Colby, age 96, of Rothbury, passed away Tuesday, December 3,  2019.  He was born January 22, 1923 in Rothbury and lived on the family  farm in Grant Township his entire life.  Harold married Betty A. Gibbs on June 2, 1945.  She passed away on May 10, 2015.

Harold worked at Sears and Roebuck many years ago and farmed most of his life.  He raised hogs and later had dairy cattle and raised crops.  Harold drove school bus for Rothbury Community Schools.  He enjoyed coon hunting and small game hunting.  

He is survived by his children, LaCinda (Ken) Bletsch of North Muskegon, Harold A. Colby, Jr., of Whitehall, Reed (Kathy) Colby of Rothbury and Anne Marie (Jerry) Overla of Pentwater; eleven grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren with two on the way.  Besides his wife, Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Colby and Edith (Gilbert) Colby, and his siblings, Clyde, Howard, Ariel, Henry and Gerald Colby, Marian George, Bernice Cobb, Marguerite Umstead, Arlene Dykema and Emma Dee Fox.  

Visitation is Monday, December 9th, from 4-7 pm at Harris Funeral Home in Shelby.  The funeral service will be held Tuesday, December 10th, 1 pm at Rothbury Community Church with Pastor James Enns officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Rothbury.  A luncheon will follow at the church.  Please consider Rothbury Community Church, 2500 W. Winston Road, Rothbury, MI  49452 or the Crystal Valley Care Fund, P.O. Box 451, Hart, MI  49420 as a memorial.   

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December 9, 2019

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harris Funeral Home
267 N. Michigan Avenue
Shelby, MI 49455

Funeral Service
December 10, 2019

1:00 PM
Rothbury Community Church
2500 W. Winston Road
Rothbury, MI 49452

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