PLAINVILLE - Mr. Harold E. Colby, Sr., 85, of Plainville, formerly of Germany, passed away Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Apple Rehab of Farmington Valley in Plainville.
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Mr. Colby was born Dec. 26, 1928, in New Britain, a son of the late Henry J. and Louise (Ronstrom) Colby, II. He attended Kensington schools and had lived in Germany for 48 years. Mr. Colby proudly served his country in the U.S. Army for 22 years during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War having been stationed in Austria, Korea, Germany and in the U.S.. He served as an explosive ordinance disposal supervisor and had earned the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist badge as well as the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Occupation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal also earning five letters of appreciation. Following his honorable discharge, he worked in the U.S. Army Air Force Exchange Services for over 20 years and was a member of the Commanders Club of the Disabled American Veterans. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them more than anything else. His family is quoted as saying "Harold E. Colby was a truly amazing man, whom we had never seen angry at all in his lifetime" as well as "we are comforted knowing that he is heaven right now" and "thank you grandpa for teaching us all the love of God and country and showing us exactly how it's done. You will be missed and we will see you again soon".
He leaves his son, Harold E. "Skip" Colby, Jr., and his wife, Wenda, of Plainville; his sister, Florine (Colby) Weber, of East Hartford; his grandchildren, Joel Colby, Christina Colby and Frederick Colby; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; and grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wives, Janice (Dione) Colby, Else (Benedum) Colby and Iris (Horbach) Colby; his daughter, Cathleen Colby; his brothers, Howard Colby and Henry J. Colby, III; and his sister, Dorothy (Colby) Fife.
Funeral services and burial for Mr. Colby will be held privately. There are no calling hours. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 35 Cold Spring Road, Suite 315, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. The Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad St., in Plainville has care of arrangements. For additional information or to leave words of condolence please visit
Bailey Funeral Home, Inc.
48 Broad Street
Plainville, CT 06062
Published in Plainville Citizen on June 5, 2014