Burt Colegrove Jr., 71, died Aug. 22, 2021, at his home in Craig.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1949, in Klawock to Frances and Burt Colegrove Sr. His clan is Raven Dog Salmon and his Tlingit name is Yad duck Keyonas, flying raven.
He was a 1970s Ketchikan High School graduate and graduate of the Seward Skill Center.
He worked as a Teamster truck driver on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, a City of Ketchikan bus driver, a Klawock Heenya truck driver, and a boat operator and operator with The Mill building roads on Prince of Wales Island. In the years before he lost his eyesight, he owned and operated his own My Cab company on POW.
“His greatest joy in life was going fishing with his wife and grandchildren,” his family writes. “He loved working on his boat, the Lisa Lynn. Burt was known for helping others and for telling great fishing stories. On his last day he voluntarily took care of the church lawns and playground grassy areas. He leaves behind many friends and family with many fun memories.”
Mr. Colegrove was preceded in death by his parents, Burt Sr. and Francis; daughters, Lisa Lynn Trimmer and Carrie Lynn Colegrove; son, Aaron Rydell Coffelt; and granddaughter, Madalyn Carraway.
He is survived by his wife, Genevieve of Craig, sister, Mary Colegrove of Oregon; brother and sister-in-law, Stan and Shellie Colegrove of Wasilla; daughters, Frances Colegrove of Craig, Jeanine Burbary and Misty Beene of Ketchikan; sons, Burt Coffelt of California and Burt Colegrove IV of Anchorage; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life for Burt will occur from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at the New Hope Baptist Church in Craig, facilitated by Pastor Dr. Roy Anania. The ceremony will be streamed via www.nhbccraigak.com.