Howard Colon, Jr. died Feb. 18 after a short illness. He was devoted to Marie Colon, his wife of 67 years, who survives him. He was born in Hamburg in 1921 to Howard Colon, Sr. and Clyffe Loretta Hydinger Colon. He graduated from Hamburg schools and attended Wentworth Military Academy Junior College and the University of Alabama.

Howard Colon, Jr. died Feb. 18 after a short illness. He was devoted to Marie Colon, his wife of 67 years, who survives him.     He was born in Hamburg in 1921 to Howard Colon, Sr. and Clyffe Loretta Hydinger Colon. He graduated from Hamburg schools and attended Wentworth Military Academy Junior College and the University of Alabama.


He served in the Army Medical Service Corps from 1942 to 1946, attaining the rank of captain. He met his future wife Marie, an Army nurse stationed in Berlin, Germany, in December 1945.   

 
He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1947 and returned with his young family to Hamburg, from where he was recalled to active duty in the USAF in 1951. He and his family transferred Air Force bases in Florida, California, Japan, New York, Virginia (where he earned a master’s degree in 1958), Texas, Illinois, Germany, Montana, Georgia, and finally to Mather AFB in Sacramento.     


Colonel Colon retired in 1975, and then, with Marie, served two years at the Tropical Medical Hospital in American Samoa. They traveled extensively together and with their family both overseas and in the U.S.     
In addition to his wife, Marie, Howard is survived by children Rhetta Colon and  husband Steven of Meredith, N.H., John Colon and wife Ellie of Oakland, Calif., Janet Baker and husband Bill of Tucson, Ariz., and Brian Colon and wife Sharon of Denver; grandchildren Eric Baker and wife Lauren and their son Carter, Zachary Baker and wife Deanna, Rachel Baker, and Melissa, Briana, and Christopher (Buddy) Colon.  

 
Though he never learned how to properly erect a tent and was comical at charades, Howard loved golf, tennis, and sing-a-long music. His love of travel and new experiences, the arts and music were passed down to all his family. He was a master of dry wit and sarcasm.


Donations in his memory may be made to the Colonial Theatre Foundation, c/o Great Western Bank, 1020 Main Street, P.O. Box 9, Hamburg, IA  51640.­