NEWPORT – Gary L. Colson, 63, died Aug. 21, 2006, in Casa Grande, Ariz. He was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Newport, the son of Edward and Irene (Tuttle) Colson. He was a graduate of Rudyard Michigan High School, Class of 1961 and a graduate of Michigan College of Mining and Technology. For the past 30 years he had made his home in Arizona and had been employed by Texas Instruments Co. He is survived by his parents, Edward and Irene Colson of Newport; six children, Cheryl Harris of Hartland, Debra Peppard of Pittsfield, Douglas Colson of Plymouth, Richard Colson of Texas, Keith Colson of Texas, Tina Dooley of Illinois; one sister and her husband, Carol and Bob Haddix of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two brothers, Joseph Colson of Albuquerque, N.M., Rick Colson and his wife, Gwin, of Oakland; several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Riverside Cemetery, Newport, with the Rev. George Darling officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Services Center, 34 High St., Newport. To sign an online quest book and leave written tributes please visit