MOTLEY -- Raymond Colbeth, 75, Motley, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002, at the Greater Staples Care Center.
He was born June 2, 1926, in St. Paul to William and Mary Elizabeth (Brown) Colbeth. After high school he joined the Air Force and served with the 420 Fighter Interceptor Squadron based out of O'Hare International Airport near Chicago. He married Gertrude Ridout-Osiecki on Nov. 27, 1971, in Lino Lakes. They lived in Circle Pines for many years before moving to Lake Shamineau in 1989. He drove bus for the Metro Transit Co. in the Twin Cities for 20 years before his retirement. He was a member of the Blaine American Legion Post No. 566, the Lucky Lindy RV Club in Little Falls and St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, John Colbeth, Brooklyn Park, and Raymond Colbeth, La Habra, Calif.; four daughters, Susan Ennis, Buffalo, Sharon Magnuson, Champlin, Diane Kelash, Milaca, and Elizabeth Wood, Mission Viejo, Calif.; four stepdaughters, Kathleen Gekalski, Weyerhaeuser, Wis., Pamela Forde, Eden Prairie, Debra Palmateer, Coon Rapids, and Christy Hedlund, Brooklyn Park; two stepsons, Michael Osiecki, Blaine, and Jim Osiecki, Circle Pines; four sisters, Cecilia, Helen, Evelyn and Louise; three brothers, Bob, Mike and Harold; 24 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Motley with Father Robert Landsberger officiating. Burial will be later in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Brenny Funeral Home in Staples with parish prayers at 7 p.m. followed by the rosary.
Memorials are preferred to cancer research foundations.
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