MONSON, Colby Kronholm, 90, died July 10, 2007, at the C.A.Dean Hospital in Greenville. Colby has been reunited with the love of his life of 70 years, Barbara Nesbit Kronholm who passed away February 6, 2007. Colby was born in Monson to Amy (Lindie) & Edward Kronholm on May 18, 1917. He loved hunting and fishing with his brothers Edgar, Aubrey, Wilbur and Ellery and tormenting his sister Lila. Colby enjoyed his memories of Horseshoe Pond and Monson Pond and the last years of his life he and Barbara spent their happiest days in their “18” Pond Road camp located in Monson. Colby was a veteran of WWII and was stationed in India and Ceylon for 3˝ years. He began his years of service in the infantry, but after developing jaundice, was reassigned as a driver for General Earle Wheeler. He later was in charge of driving for Major-General Claire Lee Chennault, and General Joseph Stilwell. Colby had fond memories of these officers and got great pleasure of sharing stories with his family. After returning from the war, he worked in several jobs, including Moosehead Mfg. Company in Monson, Farrin Brothers and Smith as a mechanic and plowing snow in the winter. He and Barbara operated a sporting camp in Rockwood and in later years worked for Lloyd Kelley of Monson and the slate quarries. He was a great storyteller and was at his happiest surrounded by family and friends.
Colby is survived by his son, Ronald Kronholm of Norridgewock; a daughter, Estella “Tootie” and her husband, Wayne Bennett of Guilford; grandsons and spouses, Boyd and Alicia Kronholm of Greenville, Wade Kronholm of Florida, Aaron and Velvet Bennett of Guilford, and Adam and Becky Bennett of Corinna; great-grandchildren, Colby, Annie, Aubrey, Lila, Cole, Connor, Chloe, Elaina, Owen, Lloyd, Eric and Molly. The family would like to thank Charlene Casey of Greenville who has been a special friend to both Barbara and Colby these past few years. Also thank you to their many friends and neighbors.
A memorial graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday July, 13, 2007 at the Lake Road Cemetery in Monson with Pastor Kevin Stevens officiating. Those who wish may make donations to the Monson First Responders, P. O. Box 308, Monson, ME 04464. Arrangements by Crosby & Neal, Guilford. To sign an online guestbook, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.
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