Dr. Douglas Colberg, age 66, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away on June 18th, 2020 in his home in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Funeral services will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, July 1st at Woodland Church in Battle Creek, Michigan with Pr. Shannon Whaples officiating. COVID-19 guidelines, including social distancing, masks and temperature checks, will be observed.
Douglas was born in Yankton, South Dakota to Warren and Lillian Colberg on May 16th, 1954. He grew up in Milbank, where he attended school and was active in music, drama, and sports. He graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and did his residency in Family Practice in Flint, Michigan, where he met his wife Jennifer (Gaus) Colberg. He was in private practice for many years in Sturgis, Michigan and ended his medical career at Grace Health in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was actively involved in the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP), where he is also a past president, and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). He was the recipient of the Plessner Award for excellence in rural medicine from the MAFP. He also served as chief of staff at Sturgis Hospital. In addition to being a dedicated physician, he was also a dedicated husband and father to three daughters. Douglas never did anything half-way. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He was a scuba diver, a licensed pilot, a former farm hand, a gourmet cook, a musician, a cigar and scotch lover, and an outdoor explorer. He was a lover of knowledge and never stopped learning, from the latest medical literature to the workings of nature, politics, outer space, and beyond. He made sure that those around him had what they needed to enjoy themselves. He was always ready with a bright smile, a warm bear-hug, a witty quip, or a helping hand. He lived with a Christ-first mindset, focused on generosity, love, and care for others that drove his life as a doctor, husband, father, and friend.
Douglas is preceded in death by his father, Warren Colberg, and his oldest daughter, Devon Colberg.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer (Gaus) Colberg, daughters Allison (Wyatt) McCulley, and Suzanna Colberg, brother Craig Colberg, and mother, Lillian Colberg.
Memorials and/or flowers may be sent in his memory to his church, Woodland Church, in Battle Creek.
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