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Lt. Col. James Richard "Dick" Colby, 94

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HERMITAGE -- James Richard "Dick" Colby, Lt. Colonel US Army retired died Jan. 9, 2012 at age 94. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the McKendree Village Chapel.

He was born, raised and educated in Wisconsin. Preceded in death by his nine year old son, Larry; parents and first wife of 37 years Helen.

Survived by wife of 30 years, Margaret Arnold Colby, sons, Ron (Sharon) and Don (Rhonda), grandchildren, Anna, Drew, Austin & Jennifer; one great grandson, Isaac; sister, Virginia Anderson of Eau Clair, Wisconsin.

Dick was a graduate of Officers' Candidate School Medical Corps, West Point and served six years active duty in the Army during WW II in both Asian and European theaters and 17 years in Ready Army Reserve duty.

He was employed as an account manager for the NCR Corp. for 30 years. He served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross for 10 years on disaster duty.

He served two terms as chapter president of the Retired Officers' Association and one term as state president. He was a past member of American Legion Post 5 Band and the community concert band, Sons of the American Revolution, Colonial Wars, The Society of Founders and Patriots of America, The Retired Officers' Association and Military Officers' Association of America.

He was a member of Andrew Price United Methodist Church and served as an officer and choir member. He was a resident and active volunteer of McKendree Village.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made in Dick's honor to McKendree Village designate Golden Cross Fund.

Condolences can be offered at

Arrangements by Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, Old Hickory.

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