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Robert Henry Colledge

June 10, 1937 ~ December 17, 2018 (age 81)

This is the story of Robert “Bob” Henry Colledge. Bob was a handsome fun loving man that was loved, cherished and will be missed. Our “Papa”, “Potter” that we liked to call him was an amazing father, husband/care giver to our mom while she was alive and avid sports fan like no other.

Dad’s story starts on June 10, 1937, the oldest child to W.H. “Bud” Colledge and Emily Louise Battison Colledge.  Dad was born and raised in Tooele, UT. Dad was a natural athlete since youth. He excelled in football, basketball and baseball in high school.   He was chosen to try out with the Pittsburgh Pirates of the MLB, when he was just a junior in high school.  The Pittsburgh Pirates wanted him to come back for another tryout, however things happened in dad’s life which made it impossible for him to make it to the second tryout. There’s no doubt in our minds that if he would have been able to make it to that tryout his career would have been in baseball. Dad graduated from Tooele High in 1955. After high school dad continued to play baseball for Tooele City League for several years and went on to win championships.

Dad married in January 1955 and had three children; Sandy, Randy and Paul and later divorced. Dad married our mother Shirlene York on February 1, 1960 in Magna, Utah. They were married for 57 years.

Dad actively served his country in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1966, and spent part of his duty as a payroll specialist at the Headquarters Company in Germany.

Dad worked for the U.S. Postal Service both before and after serving his country and achieved the position as the Tooele Postmaster for several years before exploring other career opportunities. Throughout the remainder of his career, he held several management and leadership positions at Ralph Parsons, National Lead, Amax, and MagCorp, retiring in 2001 to spend more time with family and friends.

Dad was an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and was the State Esquire from 1971-1972, Exalted Ruler of the Tooele BPOE #1673 from 1974-1975. Over the years he contributed to many efforts, including Hoop Shoot, building Camp Wapiti, Hides for Veterans, Christmas charities and making a Santa and reindeer set for city to be displayed at the park on Main and Vine. Dad later became a member of the Tooele Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #2031 as well.

Dad was very compassionate in always wanting to help others; he did a lot of charity work throughout his life from his time as the Tooele Postmaster, Exalter Ruler and continuing up to when he was in Willow Springs earlier this year by buying and giving the residents muffins or other small essentials items that they needed.  

 

Dad was an avid sports fan; he loved betting on and watching football, basketball, and baseball especially the Chicago Bears, Utah Jazz, mom’s Minnesota Vikings, and the Utah Utes. He loved spending time with family and friends; taking trips to Wendover and Idaho for lottery tickets.

Loved ones that cleared the path for dad, are mom, his parents and sister Sandra. Loved ones that will miss him until they meet again are his daughters; Janice (Ron) Wegner, Monica (Eric) Spangle, grandkids; Derek (Annie) Hansen, Hillaree (Mike) Harrison, Chazz Gustin and Jon (Cindy) Wegner, nine great-grandkids and highly anticipated twins on the way; siblings; Ken, Kris.

And so the story goes on until we see our Papa/Potter again. We love you and miss you.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 27, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Tate Mortuary 110 South Main Street in Tooele, where viewings will be held Wednesday 6-8 pm and Thursday at 12 pm. Online condolences welcomed at www.tatemortuary.com

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