Roger Wayne Colby

September 8, 2021

Roger Wayne Colby, 57, died of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday morning September 8, 2021, at his home in Phoenix, AZ.

Roger broke the mold simply by being born on August 23, 1964. He was the first son in a family with four daughters born to Vaughn Alden and Eleanor (Larimore) Colby. He graduated from Rossville High School in 1983 where he participated in speech team and drama club, ran cross-country and once led an impromptu parade through the high school library. He received his bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from Ball State University in 1987. During college he spent summers as a counselor to kids with learning disorders at the de Paul School in Louisville, KY.

He married his best friend, Bridget Gill, on October 17, 1993 and their life was a grand adventure. They enjoyed traveling together whether exploring local hidden treasures or destinations like Ireland and Iceland. Roger had a successful career in sales at Midwest Telephone (where he met Bridget), Golden Rule Insurance and Renewal by Anderson. For several years, Roger and Bridget were ownership partners of Camelback Custom Doors. His career took him to Indianapolis, Memphis, Charleston (SC), Tampa, Dallas, and Phoenix.

Wherever he went, Roger met people and made friends easily. An avid reader, follower of current events, sports and popular culture, he was a quick-witted conversationalist and a great story teller. He could find humor, joy or irony in nearly every situation. He made time for others by volunteering for Make A Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and St. Vincent de Paul.

If you choose, memorial gifts may be made in Roger’s name to The Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Visitation and Services

A celebration of life will be held later this fall. Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort is honored to assist Mr. Colby's family.

Survived by:

Roger is survived by his wife, Bridget Gill Colby, his mother Eleanor Colby of Lafayette, IN, four sisters Sue (Jay) Hawley of Kirklin, IN, Rebecca (Dan) Bollinger of West Lafayette, IN, Connie (Harry) Smith of Lafayette, IN and Jennifer (Randy) Jeffries of Brookston, IN and his best dog-buddy Bart. “Unkie Rog” is remembered by a multitude of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews for his playful pranks, wicked puns and his ability to make each of them feel like they were the only person in the room.

Preceded by:

He was preceded in death by his father, Vaughn Alden Colby, one nephew, and a host of aunts and uncles from the Greatest Generation who had a profound impact on his work ethic, sense of duty, faith and service to country.

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  1. Michelle Miller Gullion September 16, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    My heart and thoughts go out to all of Roger’s dear family at this time. I have such fond memories of attending Geetingsville Church with all of you. Warm and kind wishes especially to Eleanor and Jennie, my flute duet partner. Sending every one of you loving-kindness and strength. Michelle

  2. Anita Cool Deweese September 17, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Thoughts and prayers with you all. I have lots of great memories of Roger! We were both in afternoon kindergarten and were classmates all through school! Since we were next to each other in the alphabet I got to sit by him a LOT in class and share a locker with him – he always got the lower book locker and would never trade with my 5’4″ self! I also got to debate the pros and cons of communism with him in Jr. English. He wanted to be pro just to be the devil’s advocate. He was such a good speaker – he may have convinced someone!! So grateful I knew him – he truly was one of a kind!! I pray for God’s comfort and peace for all of you. Anita Cool Deweese

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