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Robert Joseph Colagross
  • November 07, 1943
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  • April 21, 2021

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On Wednesday, April 21st 2021, Robert Joseph Colagross, loving husband and father of four, passed away at the age of 77.   Joe was born on November 7, 1943 in Lansing, Michigan.  He graduated from Eastern High School in 1962 and wrestled for Western Michigan University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology.  After several years of teaching high school biology and coaching wrestling and football in Mason, Michigan, he received his master’s degree in counseling from Michigan State University and worked for the State of Michigan as a rehab specialist.  After retiring from the State of Michigan, he worked with at-risk youth in Grand Ledge, Michigan at Sawdon High School where he was known as an “irreplaceable” colleague. In retirement, he became a resident of The Villages, Florida with his wife Linda to enjoy his hobbies of golf, fishing, and bowling.

Those that knew Joe could always count on his calm and nonjudgmental demeanor.  His patience and kindness were his endearing qualities. He believed in the goodness of others and always pointed out the positive in every situation.   His generosity knew no bounds!  He loved life and instilled in his children a sense of humor and a way to look at life’s situations and laugh.  He also instilled confidence in them believing that they could achieve anything they wanted to achieve.  He will be greatly missed!

Joe was preceded in death by his father Robert Fred and his mother Phyllis and his sister Janice.  He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 26 years, Linda and his children Phyllis, Robert Gregory, Catherine (Gar) and Angela and his two step-sons Ryan (Becky) and Todd.  He will also be remembered by his eight grandchildren, Hanna, Emma, Katie, Ella, Ben, Zoe, Seth, and Caleb, by his sisters Antionette and Dorothy (Fred) and many nieces and nephews. It was Joe’s wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of charitable donation to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.


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  1. 26 May 2021
    Miko Fossum lit a candle:
    Lit since May 26, 2021 at 5:40:05 AM

  2. 26 May 2021
    Miko Fossum says:
    Joe was the best! The best uncle ever. It's easy to write about him because his good qualities were ever present. He was a very warm-hearted and generous person. I am happy and grateful we would talk from time to time, swapping stories and catching up and he always kindly inquired about my kids and me and we'd share health tips and whatnot. His passing makes me sad because for some reason, knowing he was in the world was a big comfort to me. I could always see grandpa in him too. He really will be missed. I'm so sorry, Linda, Phyllis, Bobby, Catherine, Angela and all the family. Wish we could all be together. Rest In Peace Uncle Joe :)

  3. 08 May 2021
    Frederick D Raby lit a candle:
    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:46:22 AM

  4. 08 May 2021
    Frederick D Raby says:
    So sorry for everyone grieving now. Am thankful to have been able to see him and exchange I LOVE YOU's.

  5. 06 May 2021
    Phyllis, Daughter lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:53:37 AM

  6. 06 May 2021
    Phyllis, Daughter lit a candle:
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:52:52 AM

  7. 05 May 2021
    Phyllis, Daughter lit a candle:
    Lit since May 5, 2021 at 5:53:20 PM

  8. 04 May 2021
    Daughter, Phyllis lit a candle:
    Lit since May 4, 2021 at 5:50:06 AM

  9. 01 May 2021
    Linda Merrill says:
    One of the most faithful Michigan State fans ever! But more importantly an outstanding person with a gentle demeanor and love for life, especially for his devoted wife Linda. He will be dearly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have had him touch their life.

  10. 30 Apr 2021
    Xi Yang lit a candle:
    Lit since April 30, 2021 at 4:33:49 PM

  11. 30 Apr 2021
    Rosina Aseph-Todd’s friend lit a candle:
    Lit since April 30, 2021 at 4:19:10 PM

  12. 30 Apr 2021
    cynthia oliver says:
    Joe was a kind and generous man.
    I enjoyed getting to know him,
    Through his wife Linda.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to his family

  13. 30 Apr 2021
    Cynthia Oliver lit a candle:
    Lit since April 30, 2021 at 4:28:36 PM

  14. 30 Apr 2021
    Cynthia Oliver lit a candle:
    Lit since April 30, 2021 at 4:27:33 PM

  15. 29 Apr 2021
    Charles and Maria Morrissey lit a candle:
    Lit since April 29, 2021 at 4:22:18 PM

  16. 29 Apr 2021
    Bob & Bette Burgfechtel says:
    Joe was a great friend. Always engaging, helpful, friendly. We never heard a disparaging word...just a positive kind of guy. We value the friendship Joe and Linda shared with us. Great values. Great memories. He is among those truly missed.
    Our hearts are out to Linda, and the family.
    Bob & Bette

  17. 28 Apr 2021
    Cheryl Courtright says:
    Jerry and I met Joe and Linda only a few short years ago at an event called mug club where you get a free beer twice a month. Joe and Linda became very special friends and we enjoyed their company immensely. We will miss Joe and we send prayers to the family.

  18. 28 Apr 2021
    Dee & Jim Shanley says:
    Golf, cards, hot dog parties and Sunday afternoons are fond memories we will always carry with us of Joe. Our condolences to the family.

  19. 28 Apr 2021
    Edie Williams says:
    It has been my privilege to call Joe my friend. Linda has been my best friend since grade school. Since we have moved to Florida I have gotten to know Joe better. He included me in so many things and always looked out for me since my husband passed away. He was a kind and caring man and I will miss him.

  20. 28 Apr 2021
    Diane MacDonald says:
    Dear Linda & Family,

    Our hearts ache for you. Sending our fond Aloha, until we meet again...

    John & Diane MacDonald

  21. 28 Apr 2021
    Kay Yates lit a candle:
    Lit since April 28, 2021 at 4:01:51 PM

  22. 28 Apr 2021
    Kay Yates lit a candle:
    Lit since April 28, 2021 at 4:01:12 PM

  23. 28 Apr 2021
    Deborah Hagadorn says:
    We were fortunate enough to meet Joe (and Linda) our first year in The Villages. What great friends we became and have remained for 14 years! We will always cherish the memories of our dear friend. He will be truly missed, but never forgotten.

  24. 28 Apr 2021
    Janet Kranz says:
    I have been a friend to Joe through Linda during their long and endearing 26 year marriage.

    Joe was a loving family man, and always ready to help others. He will be missed. My condolences to Linda, the family.

  25. 28 Apr 2021
    Chris and Cheryl LaRocque lit a candle:
    Lit since April 28, 2021 at 4:32:40 PM

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