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Obituary: John R. Columbo '51

COLOMBO- John R. Colombo, 82, died Tuesday, May 24, 2011, of heart failure following surgery. He was born July 25, 1928, in Duluth, MN, to John and Frances Adams. He attended school in Virginia, MN, with his sister Elizabeth, who he nicknamed Bebe. He attended Antioch College in Ohio and was a member of the class of 1951. He met his future wife Marilyn in grade school and following a high school courtship, they were married on October 1, 1949. John and Marilyn's four children, Barbara (Rood), Julie (Gibson), Phillip, and Connie, were born while they lived near Minneapolis. In 1960 they moved to Glendora, CA. John spent his working life at Honeywell, later Hughes, before he retired in 1993 at age 65. As a systems analyst, he worked with computers and watched them shrink from room-sized to palm-sized while their speed and capability mushroomed. He was known for his pocket protector and punchcard notes long after they were obsolete, and his interest in personal computing motivated him to stay current-still learning at his computer club and very recently even purchasing two new computers! His strong faith in the saving grace of Jesus was the foundation of all he did, living by Joshua's declaration: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15). John used his many gifts and talents in the service of his God, his church and his family, and befriended those most in need. One of John's passions was raising money for the MS Society. He rode in numerous multi-day bike-a-thons while his friends and family generously supported his efforts. John is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marilyn Colombo, his 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Everyone who knew John loved him. He will be missed immensely. Memorial arrangements through Oakdale Memorial Park, Glendora, CA.