Michael ‘Mick’ E. Colgrove

1940 ~ 2021

Obit photo Michael Colgrove

  Captain Michael “Mick” Edward Colgrove, age 81, of Osage, MN passed away Monday, August 30, 2021 at his home surrounded by family.

   Michael was born January 28, 1940 in Park Rapids, MN to Theodore and Mary (Lund) Colgrove. He grew up in Ponsford, MN where his parents operated a general store in addition to dabbling into logging. The family moved 13 miles southeast to Osage when Mick was 14, setting the scene for him to attend Park Rapids High School, graduating with the Class of 1958. Prior to the age 21 years, Mike lived in various places including Idaho, but ended up in the grocery business with his parents in Remer, MN. This is where he met his first wife Annmarie ‘Ann’ Miller. It was Ann who introduced Mick to aviation.

   Mick caught the aviation bug and started acquiring FAA pilot’s licenses and ratings. With these new licenses he started building flight time working as a part-time flight instructor. With his part time employment as a flight instructor, Mick worked hard and acquired a degree from Bemidji State University. At Bemidji State he enrolled in the US Army R.O.T.C. program. After graduation Mike matriculated to the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Second Lieutenant.

On October 16, 1965, Mick and Ann Miller were married in Remer, MN. A mere two months later the new groom was hired by Northwest Airlines. Mick began his NWA career as a Second Officer (S/O) on the Boeing 707 series. In 1967 he upgraded to copilot (F/O) on the Boeing 727 which was followed by a F/O checkout on the 707. His initial captain upgrade was on the Boeing 727. There were other checkouts and upgrades to the DC-10 and 747 Classic. Mike retired from Northwest Airlines in December 1999.

   Mick and Ann created a family with three children and lay their claim to a residence in Osage, MN. In 1991 in response to NWA creating a 747-freighter pilot base in Anchorage, AK, the family moved to Homer, AK. This was a perfect fit for Mick who grew up in the wooded lake country in Minnesota. Almost nothing was daunting to Mick as he explored Cook Inlet and waters around Homer, honing his fishing, hunting, and boating skills. Mick acquired a seaworthy and became an excellent saltwater fisherman. His family were provided with many educational and travel opportunities, but all that was put aside as Ann contracted cancer. Mick lost his wife Ann in early 2004.

   On December 18, 2004, Mick was married to Jill Kaufenberg. They continued to reside in Osage, MN and Homer, AK, as well as spending block times in Arizona. Mick is remembered as a very generous man, faithful to his family and friends. All his life he had the uncommon ability to pursue everything with passion and seriousness, yet be fun-loving, whimsical, and humorous. He took naturally to the air and sea with an understanding and respect – not fear.

   Mick delighted in life with Jill and her five sons. The couple were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, Faith Lutheran Church of Homer, AK, and served on the Osage Lion’s Club.

   Mick is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Mary; and his first wife, Annmarie. He is survived by his wife, Jill of Osage; son, Chris Colgrove of Osage; daughters, Carin Arvik , and Jody Larson; step-children, Mark Kaufenberg, Joseph Kaufenberg, Tony Kaufenberg, Matt Kaufenberg, Patrick Kaufenberg; 16 total grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren (Colgrove side) and 2 great grandchildren (Kaufenberg side); 3 sisters, Gloria Lindberg, Jan Carpenter, and Joyce Mitchell.

   We will miss Mick’s warm smiling personality and many acts of kindness.

  (-Bill Day and the Colgrove family)