Born Friday, Jan. 18, 1924, in Palma, he retired after 28 years of service as an electrician with the Tennessee Valley Authority.
He was instrumental in developing outreach and prison ministries throughout western Kentucky. He also served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. During his service, he served three years aboard the battleship USS Missouri and was serving aboard the ship on Sept. 2, 1945, when the Instrument of Surrender was signed in Tokyo Bay by the Allied officers and the Japanese foreign minister, formally ending World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Clara Geraldine “Jean” (Owen) Colson of Paducah; three daughters, Elizabeth Jean McDermott, husband Tom, Sanibel, Fla., Cynthia Kay Ward, husband Joe, Smithland and Virginia Sue Connor, husband Leon, Santa Fe, Texas; one sister, Ruby L. Cope, Augusta, Ga., 11 grandchildren, Rhonda Pecenka, Cape Coral, Fla., T.J. McDermott, Durham, N.C., Kelley McDermott, Durham, N.C., Monica Eppler, Cape Coral, Fla., Sherry Morris, Benton, Patrick Connor, Pearland, Texas., Susan Walker, Paducah, Jeffery McDermott, Sanibel, Fla., Todd Connor, Irving, Texas, Brian Connor, Lexington and Mark Connor, Santa Fe, Texas; 14 great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Allie Pecenka of Cape Coral, Fla., Thomas and Grace McDermott of Durham, N.C., Hannah and Shawn Eppler of Cape Coral, Fla., Kayla Mikolaitis, Kevin Morris and Zack Morris, all of Benton, Cole and Aubrey Connor of Pearland, Texas, Chelsea and Allie Walker, Paducah, Jacob Connor of Irving, Texas and three great-great-grandchildren, Ayden and Hayden Mikolaitis and Kamden Morris, all of Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kelzie and Ethel (Fergerson) Colson; one great-granddaughter, Nora Fred Connor; one brother and one sister, Katherine Stringer.
A funeral service was held Saturday, April 20, in the chapel of the Collier Funeral Home in Benton. Josh Bieth officiated. Interment with military honors followed the service in the Wilson Cemetery, Benton.