COLON, Jr., Howard
Howard Colon, Jr. passed away on Tue., Feb. 18 after a short illness. Howard was born in Hamburg, Iowa, in 1921 to Howard Colon, Senior and Clyffe Loretta Hydinger Colon. He entered the Army Medical Service Corps 1942 and met his future wife Marie, an Army nurse stationed in Berlin, Germany, in 1945. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1947 and the Medical College of Virginia and was recalled to active duty in the USAF in 1951. He and his family transferred to eight Air Force bases and Japan and Germany and finally to Mather AFB in Sacramento. Colonel Colon retired from active duty in 1975, and then with Marie served two years at the Tropical Medical Hospital in American Samoa. Howard is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Marie Colon, his children Rhetta (Steven) Colon; John (Ellie) Colon; Janet (Bill) Baker; and Brian (Sharon) Colon, grandchildren Melissa, Briana, and Christopher 'Buddy' Colon, Rachel Baker, Zachary (Deanna) Baker, Eric (Lauren) Baker and their son, Carter. Though he never learned how to properly erect a tent, he was hilarious at charades and loved a good game of golf, tennis, and sing-a-long music. His love of travel, new experiences, the arts and music were passed down to all his family. He was an expert of early baseball history and could name the entire line-up of the 1939 Philadelphia Phillies. He quoted Winston Churchill and Groucho Marx with ease. More than anything, he was a master of dry wit and found humor as a purveyor of thick sarcasm distributed evenly among his friends and family. Howard will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held at Sierra View Funeral Chapel, 6201 Fair Oaks Blvd., Carmichael on Sat., Feb. 22 at 11:00AM with reception to follow at Eskaton, 3939 Walnut Ave., Carmichael.
Sierra View Funeral Chapel
6201 Fair Oaks Boulevard Carmichael, CA 95608
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 21, 2014