Colin D. Greany

MARQUETTE, MI. – Colin Douglas Greany, age 69, of Marquette, entered eternal life Sunday, August 3, 2014, at his home, in the loving and comforting care of his wife, friends and Lake Superior Hospice.

Born in Walnut Creek, California on March 3, 1945, a son of John Doyle and Rosemary (Hale) Greany, Colin was raised in Midland, Texas. When he was 15, the family moved to West Nyack, New York, and it was there that he graduated from high school. Colin then enrolled at Stanford University, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in English in 1967. He enlisted in the US Air Force in 1967 and was commissioned as a lieutenant in 1968. Colin served as a navigator on a B66 Bomber, and later was stationed at various theaters of operation in South East Asia as an Electronic Warfare Officer aboard a B-52 Bomber. He was transferred to K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base in 1971 and while there met his future wife, Marybeth Johnson, whom he married on June 24, 1987. Colin received his honorable discharge in 1973 and pursued a career in the energy field.

In his leisure, Colin enjoyed anything electronic, loved cameras and photography, enjoyed music, especially classical music and opera, patiently built model planes, and enjoyed planting and gardening.

He built and collected various sizes of telescopes so he could enjoy astronomy, and was a student of history and science.

Survivors include his loving wife, Marybeth Greany of Marquette, four siblings, Robin (Josh) Gurlitz of Chapel Hill, NC, Brandon Greany of Milford, NY, Sylvia Greany of West Nyack, NY, and Tamis Greany of Syracuse, NY.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Pashtoon Kasi of the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Siemers, nurses, and staff, Dr. Thyme and his nurses and staff, Dr. Diane Young, Dr. Shabazzi and associates, and Lake Superior Hospice, physicians, nurses, and aides, and family friends who devoted so much compassionate care and professional expertise to Colin during his illness. Your many kindnesses extended to Colin and his family will always be treasured.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lake Superior Hospice Association, 914 W. Baraga Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855 or a charity of your choice.

Friends may call at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 4:00 pm until 5:00 pm. A celebration of Colin’s life will be held in the funeral home on Friday at 5:00 pm with Rev. Chuck Tooman officiating. A reception will follow in the Swanson-Lundquist reception room.

The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at