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Edward Colbert

Edward L Colbert (Colbert)

Thursday, September 1st, 1927 - Thursday, January 24th, 2019
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Edward L. "Coach Eddie" Colbert, 91, of Dubuque passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 24, 2019 at UnityPoint Health- Finley Hospital surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Church of the Nativity with Msgr. James Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Post 6. Friends may call from 9:30 am to 1:15 pm, Saturday at the church. The Egelhof, Siegert and Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Road is in charge of the arrangements.
Ed was born on September 1, 1927 in Iowa City, Iowa the son of John J. and Delphine (Rummelhart) Colbert. He was 5th in a family of six boys and three girls.
His love of basketball started at an early age when he and his brothers played the game with an old Folgers coffee can tacked to the side of the house, using a tennis ball instead of a basketball.
After high school he served in the United States Army during WWII.
He attended the University of Iowa on a baseball and basketball scholarship, majoring in history and minoring in physical education. He played basketball all four years and lettered his senior year.
On October 27, 1951 he married Darlene "Dolly" Gogg at The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
In 1959 he started the men's basketball team and helped build and coach the men's baseball team at the newly constructed Wahlert High School. He coached, and taught history for 21 years. Throughout his career the Eagles basketball team made 10 state tournament appearances. In his final season Wahlert won their first Iowa State basketball championship.
When we wasn't on the basketball court he enjoyed playing softball on the State Farm team.
After retiring from Wahlert High School he was the Athletic Director and basketball coach at Clarke University.
Coach Eddie achieved numerous awards and gained much respect and recognition all over the state of Iowa. He was inducted into the Iowa Coaches Hall of Fame, the Softball Fast Pitch Hall of Fame, and the Basketball Coaching Hall of Fame. The Wahlert High School gym floor, Colbert-Delaney Court, was named after Coach Ed Colbert and his assistant, Frank Delaney.
During retirement he and Dolly enjoyed spending winters in Palm Springs. He loved being with his grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include his seven children, Shawn (Judd) Turner of Waconia, Minnesota, Debra Rondeau of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Paula (Nick) Ruden, of Dubuque, David (JP Van Laere) Colbert, MD of New York City, Lisa (Todd) Hallowell Pacific Palisades, California, Dan (Eriece) Colbert of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Mark Colbert of New York City; grandchildren, Laura Udelhofen, Nate Ruden, Dan Ruden, Zach Ruden, Katie Widman, Dawn Ramerth, Jesse Rondeau, Kyle Hallowell, Henry Hallowell, Marcus Colbert, Kendall Colbert, Janelle Colbert and Devon Colbert; great- grandchildren, Megan Gower, Griffin Ramerth, Ryan Udelhofen, Bennett Ruden, and Ryder Ruden; and four siblings.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dolly; grandchild, Luke Turner; and four siblings.
In lieu of flowers an Edward Colbert Memorial Fund has been established.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bethany Home, Cozy Corner, Hospice of Dubuque and the staff at Finley ER and 5th floor.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 9:30am - 1:15pm
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 9:30am - 1:15pm
    Church of the Nativity
    1225 Alta Vista
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 1:30pm
    Church of the Nativity
    1225 Alta Vista
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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  • Interment

    Saturday, January 26th, 2019 |
    Saturday, January 26th, 2019
    Mount Olivet Cemetery
    10556 Military Road
    DUBUQUE, IA 52003
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Mark Ehlers

Posted at 10:09pm
Just returned home from a vacation to learn of your sad news. Coach was a wonderful person and I learned many life lessons from him. Sorry for your loss.

Posted at 09:33pm
To the Colbert family,
I came to the wake today and met each of you. But I still needed to post here my and my wife Karen's condolences. She was not able to be with be with me due to work at Fareway. I work there also. Come on over and I'll bag your groceries for you. Ed was one of the best people to ever walk the halls at Wahlert. He was a class act all the way around in addition to being a great history teacher. I heard great things about him as teacher, and I intentionally chose him for American History. One of the best I had at Wahlert. I remember sometimes driving Grandview, passing the house, seeing him sitting outside and I'd immediately pull over to the curb, and walk up and just start chewing the fat with him. I did that one time with my dad in the car and all three of us just had a great talk. Gee, I'm just starting to tear up writing this. He was just a great guy. I remember Lyle Galliart was student teaching under Ed when I was in his class. It was test time. Lyle as I recall got a little to ambitious about the test, and not many of us passed. Your dad a few days later had us retake a bit of a watered down test. :-) Whew!!!!! Would have been hard explaining an F to my mom and dad!!!!! It was so funny to watch him sometimes during a game chew the gum he had in his mouth. The tougher things got in the game, the harder he'd chew that gum. :-) Got to talk to him a lot when he and your mom would eat at Hy-Vee for breakfast. Anyway Paula, since you live in town, give me and Karen a call and you and your husband and the two of us can get together for dinner or something. I'd like that and we can chew the fat just like I did with your dad. 563-556-7254 home phone

Will be praying for all of you,

Mark and Karen Heiderscheit

Mary Jo McCullick

Posted at 05:35pm
Paula, sorry to here if the loss of your dad! He was a wonderful man!
Mary Jo (Jewett) McCullick

Barb Varley

Posted at 01:19pm
My sympathy to the Colbert family on the loss of your dad.
Sincerely, Barb Varley

Mary Burch

Posted at 01:13am
To The Family of Eddie Colbert: I am so sorry for your lost. Eddie was such a wonderful man. I was one of his students at Wahlert High School in the early 70's. I had such an enormous respect and admiration for Eddie that I became the biological mom of 8 children. "If Eddie Colbert could raise 7 children, I can raise my 8 children!" (I also helped raise my husband's 10 children from his deceased wives.) God Bless Y'all.

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