Carl Frederick Colby, 69, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Nov. 23, 2013, at MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland, after a valiant fight against acute leukemia. Carl, currently of Jackson, was born and raised in Midland. He graduated from Midland High School, class of '62. He married his wife, Leean June Silberstein, on Oct. 30, 1964.
Carl served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. After his return stateside, they lived in San Jose, Calif., until the birth of their oldest daughter, when they moved to Westland. Carl worked as a computer technician and IT support for IBM and Consumers Energy.
Carl enjoyed spending time with his three children and five grandchildren at the family cabin, fishing, water skiing and relaxing. His hobbies include genealogy research. He served on the board of the Jackson County Genealogy Society and as a delegate to the Michigan Genealogical Council. Carl had a love for life, travel, family and work.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Amerst Everett Colby and Mary Elizabeth Conrad Colby of Midland. He is survived by his wife, Leean; brothers, Dale and Roger; sister, Martha Colby Geary; daughters, Gail and Debra; son Mark; five grandchildren; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, from the First United Methodist Church, The Rev. Dr. Charles Keyworth officiating. Carl's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., today from 6-9 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 12 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. Full military honors will be presented at Fort Custer National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the
or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. www.waresmithwoolever.com