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Jeffery Henry Colbert

June 28, 1962 ~ June 25, 2019 (age 56)
On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Jeffery Henry Colbert, age 56, fell asleep in death following a long bout with diabetes complications.
Jeff was born June 28, 1962 in Kalamazoo, MI, the ninth child of the late Earl and Mary (McCants) Colbert.
Jeff resided in Kalamazoo throughout his life. As a young man, he attended Kalamazoo Public Schools.
Jeffery, also known as "Jeff," "Jeffro", "Bodean", "Henry" and "Pawpaw" was a generous, loving caregiver…He was our "Go to Guy". He was always ready and willing to extend himself in behalf of others.
Jeff was highly involved in rearing his twin grandchildren, Malachi and Samiyah, who affectionately called him "Pawpaw". They were Jeff's pride and joy! Truly a loving, doting grandfather.
Jeff relaxed by watching and attending sporting events. He was an avid NBA basketball fan! He also enjoyed listening to a variety of music.
Jeff, before his illness, coached an Eastside little league football team and enjoyed riding his motorcycle!
Jeff often worked as a caregiver, handyman - painting and roofing, until his health dictated otherwise.
Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mary Liza (McCants) Colbert. 3 brothers, Albert (Al), Earvin (Lewis) and Andre Colbert.
Jeff leaves to cherish his memory a loving, devoted daughter, Lowrenda Bradley and her fiancé Martelle Lewis; three sisters; Shirley (Anthony) Woodard of St Louis, MO, Vatina Underwood of Kalamazoo and Stacie Colbert of Atlanta, GA. Five brothers; Fred, Donald, Kerry and Michael Colbert all of Kalamazoo, MI and Kenny Colbert of Ionia, MI. Two beloved twin grandchildren; Malachi and Samiyah. A host of nieces and nephews, and a special nephew Aaron (Kool) Byrd who often cared for Jeff during his illness. Also, a special friend, Yaminah Leake, and her family. Jeff had many, many friends and family members who loved him dearly… Jeff will truly be missed.
Visitation will be 11AM - 12 PM on Saturday, July 6th at Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Service 3926 S 9th St, Kalamazoo MI 49009, with the funeral following at 12PM. A reception will follow in the Langeland Reception Center. Private interment will be held in Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo. To view Jeff's personalized web page, please visit
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