Richard G. Colling of Unionville, age 88, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Tuscola County Medical Care Community in Caro. Richard was born September 3, 1930, in Colling, the son of the late Elmer and Faye (Lovett) Colling, and graduated from Caro High School with the Class of 1948. He was united in marriage with the former Esther Satchell on April 28, 1950, at the Sutton United Methodist Church. Richard was a lifetime farmer and also worked as a welder at Defoe Shipyard in Bay City. His greatest love was his family and their accomplishments. He also enjoyed playing and watching sports.
Left to cherish Richard’s memory are his loving wife of 69 years, Esther Colling of Unionville; five children and their spouses: Rick and Sally Colling of Goode, Virginia, Doug and Kristy Colling of Unionville, Patti and Michael Morgan of Swartz Creek, Rebecca and David Lazarus of Ann Arbor, Kent and Beth Colling of Charlotte, North Carolina; one son-in-law, Dirk Sutherland of Unionville; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; and one sister, Madelyn Metiva and her husband, LeRoy, of Caro. In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by two daughters, Debbie Colling and Mindy Sutherland.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the Colling Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at a later time at the Indianfields Township Cemetery in Caro. The family will be present to receive friends at the Ransford Collon Funeral Home in Caro on Monday from 4-8 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Colling Church of the Nazarene. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.