Togus-Theodore E. Colby "Ted", 66 of Jefferson, NH passed away surrounded by his family on December 03, 2015 at Togus Springs Veterans Center. He was born in North Conway, NH on December 30, 1948 to Earl and Nettie Colby. Later in life, he moved to the East Bethel, Maine area where he was raised by his foster parents, Lewis and Rose Smith. In his teenage years, he left High School to join the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After joining the Army in 1966, he became part of the 82nd Air Borne and joined the Special Forces. He proudly served in the Vietnam War, receiving several medals for his service, including the Bronze Star. He was Honorably Discharged from the Army in 1969. He returned to the Maine and NH area and worked in various Mills until he found his true calling of Long Haul Trucking. He drove truck for over 45 years, a long term employee of Decatos Trucking, and, later in his career, Jewell Transport. He proudly drove his black Peterbilt and lived by his motto, "Pride in Your Ride". He left behind many good friends and good times on the road. His sense of humor and playful demeanor will be missed by all who had the privilege of meeting him.
He is surived by his children: Tuesday Kempf and partner Brian, Tara Glover and husband Todd, Ted Colby and wife Penny, and Timothy Colby. He was very close with all his siblings: Raymond Colby and wife Lucinda, Linda Marston and husband Blaine, Norma Taylor, Carol Bering, Rosemary Lilly and husband Albert, and Nancy Colby. He also shared a strong bond with his foster brothers and sisters: Grace Gross and husband Neil, Robert Parker and wife Charlotte, Russell Parker, Robert Crouse, and Eleanor Ryerson. He also leaves behind serveral grandchildren, numerous other family members and friends. He is predeceased by his parents Earl and Nettie Colby, his Foster parents Lewis and Rose Smith Sr, Sister Mildred Cole and husband Jim, and brothers Stanley Colby, Willard Colby, Albion Smith, and Lewis Smith Jr..
There will be a Military graveside service at the Maple Grove Cemetery Dresden, Thursday, December 10th at 1pm. All are welcome. Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357