George E. Colgin, age 72, a resident of rural Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Saturday, April 4, 2020, at the Medicalodge of Ft. Scott following a battle with brain cancer.
He was born June 10, 1947, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of George W. Colgin and Margaret J. Stewart Colgin. George graduated from Chaminade High School in Hollywood, Florida with the Class of 1966.
He later moved to Ft. Scott, Kansas where he played football for the Fort Scott Community College. He graduated from FSCC in 1968 and later received his teaching degree from Pittsburg State University.
He went on to receive his Masters Degree in Law Enforcement from Wichita State University.
George married Betty Morehead on August 29, 1970, at Ft. Scott, Kansas. He taught school for a few years at Pleasanton High School.
He later began a career with the Ft. Scott Police Department in 1969. George went through the ranks with the police department and retired in 1997 after serving for several years as Chief of Police.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; his three daughters, Jenice Mead and her husband, Chris, of Ft. Scott, Breanne Colgin also of Ft. Scott and Marlena Stafford and her husband, Dale, of Shawnee, Kansas; and four grandchildren, Ben Morris, Nathan Mead, and Logan and Avery Stafford. Also surviving is a sister, Patricia Colgin, of Daytona Beach, Florida.
The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at Medicalodge for their care, Dee Covey for the meals and Brian Viel for the visits; you are all very appreciated.
There was cremation.
Private burial will take place at the Maple Grove Cemetery northeast of Ft. Scott.
Memorials are suggested to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.