Dear Judy, Tim, Seth, Dan, Becky, Josh and the whole Colton family.
Stan and I send our love to you all. May Roger's wonderful spirit and strength help to sustain you and may his memories help us all to keep him in our hearts
He was a gentle, caring and wonderful
man. He is at peace now. May God Bless him.
Love Janie and Stan
So sorry to hear of Roger's death. When I last saw you I knew that he was facing hospice. I knew Roger while he was a resident at Claire Bridge with my Mom. He was a charming man, danced more than once with him in the lobby of Claire Bridge. I had met him before with Ginny and Tom McClanahan and knew he was a class act. I know also, that the last several years have not been easy. He was quite a man and will be remembered for all of those amazing qualities. Judy, hope to see more of you at the art center in the future. Thoughts are with you now.
What a priviledge to have had such special man in your lives! Roger will sure live within you through all the memories and special moments remembered and cherished. My prayers are with your family for strength in letting Roger rest in peace. Hugs to the Colton family and cheers to a great man!
Dear Colton Family,
I was so sad to hear the news about Roger. I have the highest regard for him and I am grateful to have known such a wonderful person! Sincerely, Sandy Milnar Peterson
Our condolences from the Family of Dr. Joseph N Gehlen
Dear Tim and family,
I'm so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad, Tim. I knew of him only through your words of love and extreme admiration. I lost my dad a couple of years ago. I wish I could say the loss of losing one's dad gets easier in time (and in some ways it does); however, as time passes I realize how very much I miss him and that I won't see him again in this lifetime. But I know he's in a very special place and that we will meet again one day. As you will with your dad. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
In reading some of the stories told about your dad, I can see that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree - in particular, your generosity and great big heart. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.
To the Entire Colton family we send our Deepest Sympathy to you from Florida. We will certainly miss his genuine friendship. I can clearly remember going up the 18th hole with him, the last time I played golf with him. What a Gracious person.
Tom & Suzie Mc Carter
My thoughts are with all of you. A gentleman, scholar, family man and so many other things. He lives on in all of you.
Nancy Patz and family
Dear Aunt Judy, Becky, Tim, Seth, Dan, Josh and the entire Colton family,
Larry and I convey our heartfelt wishes for peace to your families upon Uncle Roger's passing. I personally hold many fond memories of my childhood summers dear of Uncle Roger's kindness, his genuine caring for everyone and his infectious smile that warmed anyone he came into contact with. I loved him dearly. Hold your memories close and only smile when you think of him. I always have and it will keep him alive for me. Our love to you all,
Debbie, Larry, Adam and Brian Rutherford
Dear Colton Clan,
I wanted to share a fun experience I had with Roger several years ago when he was at the Alzheimers care unit in White Bear.
I went to visit him after work before attending a dinner engagement. As we walked and talked, laughed and enjoyed a very nice evening, I thought it might be nice for the two of us to go out to dinner as he was in great spirits on this particular day. So I asked the staff if it was alright if I took Roger to dinner to which they replied that it would be fine as long as I had him home by 9. So I took him to my dinner appointment at Boutwells Landing. My dinner hosts were very gracious and had no issue with me bringing a guest. When it came time to place our dinner order, Roger was at a loss - so I asked him "do you like pork roast and green beans?" He thought that sounded great. We both ordered that selection and enjoyed it thoroughly. On our way home from dinner, Roger was in a fantastic mood. He was smiling from ear to ear and I caught the twinkle of his eyes. I could tell that there was much he wanted to say, but unfortunately the words he wanted to express and share were difficult come by and it frustrated him. I told him I knew what he meant and that I really enjoyed dinner with him. What a great evening with my uncle. I only wish that I had done this more often with him.
I know that Roger touched many lives throughout his career. Several members of my church were patients and one was a colleague of his. All of them have shared with me stories of Roger's great compassion and care.
God bless all of you as you look back at all of the special moments you shared with Roger.
Our very deepest sympathy goes out to the whole Colton family from two former patients who believe that Roger deserved the utmost love, trust and respect from everybody he treated or befriended. He was both a wonderful doctor and friend to us over many years. We are very sorry for your loss.
David and Joan Crawford
Rochester, MN (formerly Twin Cities)
We are deeply grateful for the privilege of caring for this extraordinary gentleman.
To the Colton family, please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
I got to know Roger when he was a resident of Clare Bridge as was my father.
I was talking to my father about Serena Williams, the tennis player, and Dr. Colton stopped in his track and I could tell he was listening. It was at the time she had a blood clot in her leg, and Dr. Colton, stood up and commented very clearly, "That is very serious".
I always greeted him when I was visiting my Dad and a number of times he would sit down at the table and join us.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Fred Banholzer Jr., Shoreview resident
Dear Judy, Tim, Seth, Dan, Becky and Josh,
I know you all cherished Roger, a wonderfully kind, humble and accomplished man. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Best Wishes for a peace and happiness in 2014.
On behalf of the staff of Excelsior Elementary we wish you peace in this time of loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.