Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Stephen D. Colbath, 60, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Kalamazoo under the care and supervision of hospice. He was born on Sept. 18, 1953, in Jackson, to David W. and Rita M. (Steimel) Colbath.
The family moved to Traverse City in 1967, where he graduated from Traverse City Central High School in 1971 and Northwestern Michigan College. He graduated from Western Michigan University and started his career at Durametalic Co. in Kalamazoo.
Stephen took great pride in his field of manufacturing scheduling and received certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM).
He married Bernadette King, of Kalamazoo, on June 17, 1978.
Returning to Traverse City in 1990, as self employed, he did work for Century, Inc. and other manufacturers for eight years. He then connected with Wabash Alloys and Aleris International, Inc. through 2012 as director of planning in Wabash, Ind. During this period he resided in North Manchester, Ind. Since Oct. 2, 2013, he was director of planning at Carlex Glass America in Nashville, Tenn.
Love of guitar music and family were paramount for Steve.
He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany (Ryan) Murphy, of Kalamazoo; his parents, of Traverse City; three grandchildren, Damian Hill, Silas and Ava Murphy, all of Kalamazoo; two sisters, Janet (Wesley) Swain, of Harbor Springs, and Carol (Brad) Pines, of Troy; nephew, Wilson Pines, and nieces, Megan and Madison Pines, all of Troy. Also surviving is Bernadette Colbath, Tiffany’s mother.
Visitation will be held Friday, May 30, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Redmond Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 31, 2014, also at the funeral home, with Pastor J.P. Freeman officiating.
Memorial donations should be directed to the Presbyterian Church of Traverse City, 701 Westminster Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Arrangements are by Redmond Funeral Home, 4100 E. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49008.