Carl W. Colby

Carl W. Colby

November 25, 1934 - October 1, 2021

Carl Winchester Colby, age 86, of Sandstone passed away on Friday October 1, 2021 at Sandstone Health Care Center. 

He was born November 25, 1934 in Sandstone to Vernon and Daizie (Lynch) Colby. He graduated from Sandstone High School in 1952. A short time after high school, Carl worked for the Minnesota Highway Department. He then attended a telegraphy course in Kerrick. Carl was a telegrapher for the Great Northern Railroad in 1954 for short term, then decided to join the National Guard serving for six years. He also worked with his father in the Pine County Courier Newspaper business. 

Carl married Beverly (Foss) Anderson on July 17, 1965 at St John’s Lutheran Church in Kroschel, Minn. In 1970, Carl and Bev purchased the business from his father, Vernon, and owned it for 10 years. The business was sold in 1980 where he continued to work for a few more years. 

He continued to be a business owner purchasing the JcPenny catalog store for several years in Sandstone along with driving bus. He drove bus for East Central School District for 25 years.

Carl’s hobbies included: reading the newspaper, feeding the birds, spending time with his dog Benji, friends, family and grandchildren. He also enjoyed fishing. His favorite lakes to go to were Lac Seul and Kabetogama.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Colby; mother, Daizie Colby; and brother, Richard Colby. 

Carl is survived by his wife Beverly of 56 years; daughter: Dena Colby; sons: Kyle (Jennifer) Colby, Kenric Colby; grandson: Joshua Burkhart, granddaughters: Chryslynn (Alex) Hillier, Hannah Colby and Steve Sovinski, Haley Colby; great-grandchildren: Allison and Dilon Hillier; sister and brother in-laws: Jean Colby, Barry and Eileen Foss, Rod and Sue Foss, Bill Foss and Pamela Messina, Arnold Foss; and many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 23 at 11 a.m. with a visitation one hour prior at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3289 Velvet Street, Hinckley, Minn. (Kroschel).

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