Robert Thomas Colson

October 30, 1942January 5, 2019

Robert T. Colson, 76, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Hearthstone Health Campus in Bloomington. He was born on October 30, 1942 in Bloomington to William Thomas ‘Tom’ and Mable (Day) Colson. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Martha (May) Colson; his step-sons, Dennis (Pam) Waterford and David Waterford, and multiple grandchildren and great grand-children. He is preceded in death by his parents and one infant brother, Paul. Bob was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth and was expected to have a short lifespan. At three days old, he had major surgery where goat bones were carved and placed in his spine. This turned out to be life changing and he was able to walk most of his life. Bob attended Bloomington High School and graduated in 1961. He had a love for racing and raced sprint cars under the name of Bobby Thomas, so his mother wouldn’t read his name in the newspaper and find out he was racing. He also enjoyed playing the bass and listening to music. He went on to study architecture and drafting, and also trained to be a realtor. Bob worked at IU for 38 years beginning in Building Services and retiring as Assistant Manager of Mail Services. He married Martha on October 28, 1978, and they continued their love of racing by traveling to watch races and sponsoring teams. He became ‘Papaw Bobby’ when his grandchildren were born. Bob was a Christian, and leaned on his faith as his health failed him in later years. The funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home; 4150 E. Third St. with Bro. Mike Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit the family on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be given at


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 11, 2019

Robert Thomas Colson

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Terresa Thompson

January 10, 2019

Martha and Family, I am so sad to hear about your loss. Bob was always one of my favorite friends and classmates. Such a pleasant smile and always a joy to see. He will be sorely missed. I am unable to attend the services but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey.

Glenda Chestnut

January 9, 2019

I am so saddened to lose another classmate. Bob was so pleasant to be around but I had not seen him for quite some time. Martha and her family are distant cousins. Larry and I send our condolences and wish we could be there for the service but are unable to attend. Just know that our thoughts and prayers will be with you.


January 8, 2019

Bob was a great man, that I had the privilege of taking care of for a couple of months last year. I would make it a point to go in and make him laugh , which I always did with my silly antics. I would let him know I was going to be his nurse, but most important I was also there as his friend. I hope I brightened his day, because he did mine. Fly High with the angels my friend!!!!!!
My deepest sorrow to his family..Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs....

Michael Davis

January 7, 2019

To me, it seems Bob was a part of the family throughout the years. My mother was his teacher when Bob was in the elementary grades. Dad quickly made friends with Tom and Mable and both their family and ours were frequent visitors. I enjoyed Bob and remain so happy that he was restored to Christ!