Renate Colvin Obituary (2/28/1946 – 10/30/2022)
Renate Ingrid Colvin – incredible wife, mother and loyal friend – passed away on October 30, 2022 at the age of 76 in Parkville, Missouri, leaving a devastated family and friends in her wake.
Renate was born in a refugee settlement in northern Germany after WWII. She lived the first seven years of her life there with her mother and grandfather…both of whom had fled Koenigsberg at the end of the war. In 1953, they were resettled in Baden Oos, Germany…a suburb of Baden-Baden. Renate grew up there and trained to become a hair stylist. When she was 19, she met the love of her life, Edward (Ed or Eddy, as she called him) Colvin, at a Lent-type event called Fasching in Germany. After a brief courtship, which flourished despite neither being able to speak the other’s language, they were married later that year and went on to have two daughters, Patty and Christine.
Throughout the years, Renate followed Ed wherever his career in the Air Force took him…ultimately ending up in Kansas City in 1982 after he retired from the military. While Ed took care of the family monetarily, Renate’s ‘job’ was to ensure her husband and children had what they needed. She didn’t care about anything for herself; if everyone was taken care of, she was happy. She truly was the most selfless and giving person to walk on this earth.
Renate was preceded in death by her mother Hildegard and step-father Rudi. She is survived by her husband – Ed Colvin; their children – Patty and Christine; bonus children – Russell Puckett and Debbie Bryant; and brother – Hans Joachim (Thailand). While her illness was quick, the family had an opportunity to say their good-byes and share their memories and tears with her before her body couldn’t hang on any longer…for which they’ll be eternally grateful.In her memory, donations can be made to any organization that helps further research into pancreatic cancer.
A private memorial service and celebration of life will be held at a future date to be determined at Meyer’s Funeral Home in Parkville, Missouri. It was Renate’s wish to be cremated…and, her ashes will be kept with her husband and both daughters (one being placed at the family’s vacation house at the Lake of the Ozarks where she’ll be close to the wildlife she so enjoyed there).