Johnnie Colley, 72

Johnnie Colley, 72, of McDermott, died Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at SOMC.

He was born on April 3, 1945 in Highland Bend, a son of late Effie Mable (McKnight) Colley and Alfred John Colley. He was a veteran of United States Army, during the Vietnam era, retired Corrections Officer at SOCF, and a former employee of OSCO Industries, Columbus Mill Power and Critical Nursing Staff. He was a proud member of the American Legion Posts #23 and #471, member of the Moose Lodge, and a charter member of both the Moose Riders and Knight Riders, the Eagles, and a member of the Legion Riders. Johnnie loved being with his family, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and his dog Hercules. He also enjoyed taking long trips on his Gold Wing and was an avid sports fan. His hobbies included playing cards, working puzzles, gardening, cooking, fishing, and hunting. “Anything else will cost you a dollar.”

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers Earl (Connie) and Gary (Jeannie) Colley, and sister Sandra (Danny) Gray.

Johnnie is survived by his wife Vina K Colley whom he married Oct 29, 1964, daughter Kemberly Lutz and husband Eric of McDermott, Ohio, son John Colley and wife Diana (Baker) Colley of Stanford, VA, two grandchildren, Cheyenne and Mason Colley Stanford, VA. He is also survived by four sisters, Jacklyn (Kenny) Staggs of Kentucky, Carolyn (Jr.) Shepherd of Ohio, Cammie (Jerry) Justice of Kentucky, Connie (Ron) Cook of Ohio, and two brothers, Jerry (Elaine) and Richard (Shirley) Colley of West Portsmouth. He is also survived by three brothers-in-law, Mike and Everett Jewell of Ohio, and Randy (Daphne) Jewell of Kentucky.

Funeral services will be 12:00 P.M., Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Melcher Funeral Home in Portsmouth. Military graveside rites will follow at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott. A visitation for friends and relatives will be Friday, March 16, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, and again, one hour before the service on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Johnnie’s memory to: Animal Welfare League of Scioto County, P.O. Box 1012, Portsmouth, OH 45662