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Charles Colby, 88, of Sanford passed away at home surrounded by family on June 2, 2020. He was born on June 11, 1931 to the late Roy and Ella (Booth) Colby. He married Thursa Wiltse who predeceased him.


Charles served as a corpsman in the United States Navy. He worked as an engineer for Dow Chemical Company and at Baker Perkins. He owned and operated Sanford Hardware for 13 years and Lakeside Market for 7 years. Charles enjoyed boating, sailing, horse shoes, golfing and going to the casino.


Charles is survived by his children, Sandra Winterstein, Guy (Cindy) Colby, Bryan Rombalski, Terry (Laura) Rombalski, grandchildren; Heather (Dan) Christensen, Tracy Volce, Annmarie Rombalski, Nora Rombalski, April Thocker, Edward Thocker, Jessica Malcuit, great grandchildren Carter, Taylor and 6 other great grandchildren. He was also survived by his siblings William (Becky) Colby, Laura Colby, nieces and nephews, Marie, Donna, Everette, Danna, Char and at home caregiver, Cameron.


Charles was predeceased by his daughter, Linda Ann Colby and sister, Margaret Colby-Leinart.


The family would like to send a special thank you to Charles at home caregiver Cameron for the wonderful care he took care of him.


A memorial service will be held at Charles’s home on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 3:00 pm. You are asked to wear yellow in honor of Charles.


Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Sanford Historical Society.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Colby family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Nick Kraemer

    11 June 2020 1 year ago

    Chuck always had a smile and time to discuss almost anything. We knew each other from his days at Baker Perkins and met up again later after I moved to Sanford and saw him in the hardware. He was a good volunteer at the Sanford Historical Society and cut the grass there for many years. He always was helpful and friendly and will be missed. I wish my sincere condolences to his family.

  2. Arlene Maul

    09 June 2020 1 year ago

    I am sad to hear about Charlie’s passing. He was always such a trooper, it’s hard to believe that he’s moved on. He was one of a kind and he will be missed by many who were lucky enough to know him. Warmest thoughts to Sandy and Guy.

  3. Donna Leinart

    09 June 2020 1 year ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. i am so sorry. Uncle charles was the best… One fond memory was of a trip up north from cinci… he piled all of us kids, his and mom’s in one of his big cars and traveled up north…. that could not have been easy with 8 or 9 kids … fly high Uncle… give mom (Margaret Rose Colby-Leinart) a hug for me ❤ ~~ Donna, Daniel Leinart & Craig

  4. Don WaLTER

    09 June 2020 1 year ago

    Sandy may God grant you and your family comfort and strength during this difficult time. I enjoyed playing euchre with your day and also with you when you came with him. He will be missed.

  5. Casey Qarana ( Lynar)

    09 June 2020 1 year ago

    You will be missed Uncle Charlie.

  6. Rick E. Goodwin

    04 June 2020 1 year ago

    Many times as I passed the Sanford Historical Society grounds I would see Mr. Colby on the lawn mower cutting the grass. Always a good volunteer doing his part for the community. He will be missed. My condolences to the family. I always enjoyed my discussions with him about the history of the Sanford Hardware.

  7. Don and Dawn Winchell

    04 June 2020 1 year ago

    Bryan, Terry and Sandy…So very sorry for your loss. Charlie was loved by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers to all of your families.
    Don and Dawn Winchell

  8. Theresa ODell

    04 June 2020 1 year ago

    Guy and Cindy-so very sorry

  9. Ruby Robart

    04 June 2020 1 year ago

    Our sincere condolences Guy and Cindy and family. We will keep you in our thoughts. Chuck and Ruby

  10. Bud and Sue Jaenicke

    04 June 2020 1 year ago

    Sandy, so sorry for your loss. You and your dad had a special bond. You will always remember the good times.

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