The Service of Remembrance for Mr. James E. Colby, 65, of Beverly Hills, will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory with the Rev. Ray Favachia officiating. Friends are invited to join the family for food and fellowship at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday prior to the service. Online condolences may be sent to the funeral home at HooperFuneralHome.com. Those who wish may make memorial donations in Mr. Colby's memory to the Path of Citrus County, 27 S. Melbourne St., Beverly Hills, FL 34465.
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Mr. Colby was born April 10, 1948, in Tokyo, Japan, and was the son of the late Francis B and Priscilla (Kendrick) Colby. He retired from Florida Power as a mechanical engineer after 35 years of service. A Baptist by faith, he was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and loved traveling and watching sports on TV.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Eli Wyatt, in April of this year. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Loretta Colby; two daughters, Emily (Rob) Owens of Atlanta, Ga., and Jodi (Mark) Malmgren of Fairbanks, Alaska; three sons, Christopher (Amanda) Colby of Beverly Hills, Kirk (Wendy) Barnes of Riverview, Fla., and Blake (Kemberley) Barnes of Crystal River, Fla. Mr. Colby is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Amanda (Chris) Wyatt, Alexandria (Alexander) Roeder, Abigail Barnes, Christopher Barnes, Alexis Smith, Olivia Colby, Danielle Owens, Darren Owens, Justin Barnes and Dakota Barnes. He also leaves behind his faithful poodle, Dilbert.
The Beverly Hills Chapel of Hooper Funerals & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory
5054 N Lecanto Hwy
Beverly Hills, FL 34465
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 3, 2013