Gary James Colton

Gary J. Colton, 62, of Kansas City, Missouri, formerly of Topeka, Kansas, transcended this life, at home, on the morning of August 10, 2012, in the loving and gentle care of family and friends. He lost his life to lung cancer.

Gary was born January 1, 1950, in Topeka, Kansas, to Leo James and E. Marjorie Moore Colton. He graduated from Hayden High School in 1968. Gary attended University of Kansas and Washburn University, in Topeka, receiving his degree in Education. He taught in the Topeka school system and later spent many years in retail electronics, sales and management. Gary worked for Bob Allen Ford, in Overland Park, Kansas for 11 years as manager of vehicle delivery, retiring in 2009, following lung surgery. Gary also became a renowned expert of Southern Art pottery in the latter part of his life. He was truly a man for all seasons.

He is survived by his wife, Cathyrn (Miller) Colton, 2 sons, Todd Jones of Seal Beach, CA. (Tanya), William Kelly of Lee’s Summit, MO., and a daughter, Melissa Kelly-Foxhoven (John) of Lee’s Summit, MO., ten grandchildren, Matthew, Alecsander, Maxwell Gratton, Connor, Chelsea, Corrine Foxhoven, Shannon Kelly, Raegan Kelly-Goodson, Aden Goodson and Hunter Jones. Gary is also survived by a great-grand-daughter, Brylee Gratton, nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and dear friends too numerous to count.

Gary was preceded in death by both his parents.

He was a very spiritual man who loved traveling, (always remembering to stop and see a loved one along the way), music, movies, reading, the gifts of nature, a good laugh and lots of good food. But most of all he loved his wife, family, dear friends and his precious fur babies.

A Celebration of Gary’s Life will be held at Jacob Loose Memorial Park picnic pavilion, 5200 Wornall Road, Kansas City, Missouri, Saturday, September 1, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. A picnic luncheon will follow. You are welcome to bring your favorite dish. Please RSVP 816-363-4546. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions for a memorial in Gary’s name.

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