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Robert L. Colby

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Aspen, CO ColoradoRobert L. Colby, born Nov. 1, 1918, passed away after a short illness Sunday, April 22, 2007. Robert became a Basalt resident two years ago following the death of his wife of nearly 62 years, Margaret, in California.

His children urged him to move here and be a part of their lives, and watch the grandchildren and great-grandchildren play. He most recently watched in amazement as the children ran around collecting Easter eggs.

Both of his children – Becky, who is married to Gary Anslyn, and son Bob Colby, who is married to Linda Deters – have lived here all of their adult lives. His grandchildren include Rachelle Anslyn; and Ryan, wife Bridgette and baby Annika. Bob Colby and his previous wife, Judy Colby, have two children: Ward Colby of Aspen; and Sheila, who lives in Denver, and is married to Jesse Jones. Sheila and Jesse Jones have two daughters, Malia and Vanessa.

Robert enjoyed the many family events including attending his grandson Ryan’s wedding in 2005 and holding a new great-grandbaby in December 2006. Robert really enjoyed lunches with the Mid-Valley Seniors and made many friends and he always said YES! to the invite to an Aspen Music Festival concert. Robert’s wonderful smile and happy outgoing spirit attracted friends of all ages.There will not be a memorial service, but in his honor and memory, he asks that you remember his loving smile and pass it on to anyone in your path on a daily basis. You will reap the reward of a smile returned to you.


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