George R. “Russ” Colegrove

George R. “Russ” Colegrove

George Russell “Russ” Colegrove, 93, passed away Friday, January 11, 2019 at his home in Grand Junction, surrounded by his family.

Russ was born in Billings, Montana on February 18, 1925 to Raymond and Lois (Warrant) Colegrove. He graduated from Otsego High School and served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After World War II, Russ attended Michigan State College.

He had worked at Valley Metal Products and several architectural and engineering companies as a mechanical engineer. Russ retired from Tower, Pinkster & Titus in 1998. He completed his college degree in organizational management at age 78.

Russ had a reputation of being able to fix anything and was affectionately called Mr. Fix-It by many of those at Warner Camp and Warner University where he enjoyed volunteering his time and talents. Russ also enjoyed fishing, carpentry, deer hunting and spending time with his family.

On January 26, 1952 at the Otsego Church of God he married Beverly Gregory who survives.

Also surviving are his daughters, Linda (Randy) Donaldson, Karen (David) Sutton and Sharon (Thomas) Woods; son, Gregory (Laura) Colegrove; grandchildren, Matthew Donaldson, Emily (Brad) Brocklehurst, Sara Donaldson, Phil (Bianca) Woods, Drew (Melanie) Woods, Brandon Sutton, Scott (Emma) Colegrove and Christopher Russell Colegrove and great-grandchildren, Isabel and Abigail Brocklehurst and Isaac Russell Woods.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Harry, Tom and Dave.

Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 P.M. Monday, January 14, 2019 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Otsego Church of God with Pastor Timothy Foreman officiating with Pastor Stephen Burrow and Pastor Steve Starks.

Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Russ may be made to Warner Camp or Wings of Hope Hospice.

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  1. Kathleen friend Higelmire says:

    Bev I’m so sorry for your loss he will be greatly missed Warner camp won’t be the same without him love u so much don’t know if I will be able to make it to visitation or to the service if I don’t I will be thinking of u love u very much

  2. Kathleen friend Higelmire says:

    Bev I’m so sorry for your loss Warner camp won’t be the same without him don’t know if I will be able to make it to visitation or to the service if I don’t make it I will be thinking of u love u very much

  3. Mary Ellen Riggs says:

    Bev, and family,

    So sorry to hear about Russell, Our Prayers are with you.

    Mary Ellen & Doug

  4. Cheryl Packer says:

    Bev and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I keep singing the song “I Can Only Imagine” in my head and wonder what a heavenly reunion is happening there.
    Love and prayers,
    Jon and Cheryl Packer

  5. Laurie Rakowski Cronkhite says:

    Beverly and family,
    So sorry for your loss.

  6. Scott & Julie VanderNoot and Irene Stearns says:

    Sharon & Tom: Our sincere sympathies. Your dad was a very special guy. He made a difference for thousands of campers at Warner. He leaves a wonderful legacy.

  7. Susie Brandenburg says:

    I remember this guy! He was so full of energy and constantly on the go when I knew him years ago. I pray you find comfort in the knowledge that he is with his Lord! Love and hugs to all.

  8. Deana Hawkins (Watson) says:

    Bev and family,

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

    Deana Hawkins (Watson)

  9. Noreen Johnson Gilbert says:

    OIh my. I’m so sorry, I remember him and Beverly. My love and prayers for you.

  10. George E. Corwin says:

    Russ (George) Colegrove was my favorite cousin in so many ways. He was a patriot, staunch Republican, veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps in WWII, and the USAF during the Korean Conflict, family man, just an admirable man in every way. To say the least, Russ is a terrible loss here on Earth but undoubtedly has a special place in Heaven. God rest his soul!

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