Frank Alford Colbert

1923 - 2021




                      11/27/23 TO 5/13/21


On Thursday May 13, 2021 Frank A. Colbert, loving husband and father of three children, passed away at the age of 97.


Frank was born in Washington DC and grew up around our nation’s capital.  He graduated from Cornell University after serving 3 years in the Asiatic Pacific Theatre of the U.S. Army during World War II.  He worked under the command of Lord Louis Mountbatten.  He went on to pursue a career in food service administration. Interestingly, in 1949 JW Marriott himself hired Dad as a Manager for Hot Shoppes Restaurants, which would eventually grow into today’s Marriott International Inc.


Dad was a lifelong learner.  He read voraciously, loved history, and was always learning new things.  Even to the end he would google, email, shop online, and watch YouTube videos.  Dad had a wonderful sense of humor.  In combination with his extensive vocabulary he wrote funny and clever poems and enjoyed painting.


Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary Jean Woodward.  He is survived by his children Tom Colbert (Connie), Suzanne Goodell (Jim), and Dave Colbert (Mette Petersen); grandchildren Thomas, Kathryn (Eric Weiner) and John Colbert; Dave (Sara Dudnik)  Laura (Ryan Meader) and Steve Goodell;  Tara (Brett Skorupa) and Brian Colbert;  great-granddaughters Adeline and Isabelle Meader, and his sister Nancy Colbert Sampson.


Memorial Service 3PM Tuesday May 18th at Duncan Memorial Chapel, Crestwood KY.  Visitation from 1PM till service time.  Invitations for  remote access will be sent.  Call the family or Stoess Funeral home  at 502-241-9421 for more details.  


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a nonprofit called Impact Live.  Each year, the Impact Live fund provides scholarships and relief funds to staff at Magnolia Springs East, who cared so well for Dad.  With gratitude, Frank’s children will match donations up to $2,500.  Please mail donations to Impact Live Fund, Magnolia Springs East, 13600 La Grange Road Louisville, KY 40245 and designate “for MSE” in the memo.


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Sarah Price

May 17, 2021 7:21 PM

Keeping Frank and his friends and family in my thoughts.
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Karen Johnson

May 17, 2021 5:18 PM

I always enjoyed chatting with Frank when I visited my father at Magnolia Springs. He was such a kind, interesting and funny man. My favorite memory of him is about 7 years ago, Magnolia Springs hosted a U of L/UK basketball watch party. A commercial for Bachman Chevrolet came on, your Dad leaned over to another resident and said That Bachman girl isn't as pretty as that Swope husband and I still giggle about that to this day.  Rest in Peace Frank.

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May 17, 2021 9:17 AM

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Kim Sanders

May 16, 2021 10:25 PM

So very sorry.... I’ve missed seeing his smiling face since I have been unable to visit due to covet.. He was always so nice and even printed off information to help me with something he tried. You all will be in my prayers.

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