The Rev. Elwin W. Colson, 81, Washington, died Nov. 21, 2012, while at home in Washington after living with cancer for the last 15 years.
Funeral services will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 1220 West Madison Street, Washington on Saturday at 2 p.m., with visitation beginning at 1 p.m.
Visitation will also be at Beatty Funeral Home in Washington on Friday, Nov. 23, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. with family present between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, gifts in his memory may be contributed to Faith Baptist Church or Hospice of Washington County.
He was born March 27, 1931, in West Point, Neb. to Harold and Emma (Somer) Colson. They moved to Waterloo, where he graduated from East Waterloo High School in 1951.
He moved to Chicago and graduated from Moody Bible Institute. He was ordained on June 22, 1954, at Walnut Street Baptist Church, Waterloo. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Drake University; his B.D. and masters of theology from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He completed four units of clinical pastoral education and received a certificate of advanced studies in counseling from Northern Illinois University. He also completed the coursework towards his doctorate of ministry at Northern Seminary.
He and Joanne Goode were married Aug. 26, 1955, at First Federated Church in Des Moines.
He pastored many congregations.He founded Rapid Street Baptist Church, Adel, and pastored First Baptist Church, Byron, Ill.; First Baptist Church, Manistee, Mich.; Bethany Baptist Church, DeKalb, Ill.; and Bethel Baptist Church, Getzville, NY. He served three congregations as interim pastor; First Baptist Church, Lorraine, Kan., First Presbyterian Church, Winfield and First Baptist Church, Byron, Ill.
He moved to Washington in 1990 and began serving as chaplain at Mt. Pleasant Correctional Center and the Medical and Classification Center in Oakdale. He formally retired in 2002, and continued volunteering until 2011. He served as volunteer chaplain at Washington County Jail and at Hospice of Washington County and was a member of morning Kiwanis. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
His hobbies include reading his Greek New Testament, gardening, bicycling, baking bread and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife; son, Randall (Valerie) Elwin Colson of Dallas, Texas; daughters, the Rev. René (Gordon) Colson Hudson of Moorestown, N.J., and Rachelle (Steve) Colson LaMaster of Cambridge, Mass. and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, Edwin Colson.