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Russell Dow Colby, Jr.

Russell Dow Colby, Jr.

May 10, 1949 ~ October 05, 2022

Russell “Russ” Dow Colby, Jr., at the age of 73, following a courageous battle with a
long-term illness, passed away peacefully on October 5, 2022, with loved ones by his side. He was born on May 10, 1949, in Laconia, NH, to Russell and Agnes Colby.

Russ attended Riviera Beach High School and graduated from Carlisle Military School in Bamberg, SC. He also earned an AA Degree from Sante Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL. Russ served his country in the US Army, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from Pratt & Whitney as an Aerospace Industry Inspector following over 30 years of service.

Russ was a very loving and devoted husband, father and brother. He enjoyed many activities and hobbies including travel, reading, NASCAR racing, sports and was an avid University of Florida “Gators” football and basketball fan. Above all, he truly loved every aspect of the ocean – boating, fishing and diving.

Russ was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Agnes; his sister-in-law, Gail Leonard;
and his sister’s partner, Chris Kriendler. He leaves to cherish his loving memory, his wife of 23
years, Debra Colby; his daughter, Trudy Smith (David); sisters, Carole Lee, Patricia Kleiser
(Dan); mother and father-in-law, Viola and Earl Leonard; grandchildren, Kelsey and Cody
Thigpen; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; other family members and many
close and life-long friends. He will be deeply missed by all who loved and knew him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lynch Pavilion Hospice House, 5090 Dunn
Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981.


Patricia Kleiser - Sister

October 13, 2022, 3:12 pm

I miss my brother Rusty (Russell).
He fought the good fight but finally couldn’t bounce back from his prolonged illness.
I wish to thank his wife, Debbi for all of the wonderful care that she gave him for such a long time. She never gave up.
He is missed by all the people who knew him and loved him.
He’s no longer in pain and is with our Mother and Father in heaven.
I love you Rusty ❤️
Your sister,

Walter Perine

October 18, 2022, 11:16 pm

Patty, I’m sorry to hear about your brother Russ. I worked with him at Pratt and Whitney for a number of years. He was a great guy with many friends and always helpful on the job. It is a sad time for his wife and family too but knowing he is at peace lessens the sorrow they are feeling now.

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