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

  2. Miko Fossum says:
    26 May 2021
    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. Frederick D Raby lit a candle:
    08 May 2021
    Lit since May 8, 2021 at 5:46:22 AM

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

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

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    06 May 2021
    Lit since May 6, 2021 at 5:52:52 AM

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    05 May 2021
    Lit since May 5, 2021 at 5:53:20 PM

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

  9. Linda Merrill says:
    01 May 2021
    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. Xi Yang lit a candle:
    30 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 30, 2021 at 4:33:49 PM

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

  12. cynthia oliver says:
    30 Apr 2021
    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. Cynthia Oliver lit a candle:
    30 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 30, 2021 at 4:28:36 PM

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

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

  16. Bob & Bette Burgfechtel says:
    29 Apr 2021
    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. Cheryl Courtright says:
    28 Apr 2021
    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. Dee & Jim Shanley says:
    28 Apr 2021
    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. Edie Williams says:
    28 Apr 2021
    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. Diane MacDonald says:
    28 Apr 2021
    Dear Linda & Family,

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

    John & Diane MacDonald

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

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

  23. Deborah Hagadorn says:
    28 Apr 2021
    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. Janet Kranz says:
    28 Apr 2021
    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. Chris and Cheryl LaRocque lit a candle:
    28 Apr 2021
    Lit since April 28, 2021 at 4:32:40 PM

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