Edward Ted Colley
March 14, 1927 – November 18, 2011
Ted Colley passed away at his home in Albany, Ore., at age 84, surrounded by family.
Ted was born in Riverside, Calif., in 1927, the second son of Ken and Marguerite Colley.
He was raised in Eagle Rock, Calif., graduating from Eagle Rock High School in 1945. Ted
enlisted in the Coast Guard in March 1945 near the end of World War II. He attended Cal
Poly San Luis Obispo, majoring in animal husbandry. He then worked for C.S. Howard at
the Ridgewood Ranch near Willits, Calif., home of the legendary thoroughbred, Seabiscuit.
He also became interested in performance cars, modifying a number of automobiles. He
set the fastest speed for his race club, the Eagle Rock Trompers, at El Mirage in 1948 with
his 1929 Ford Roadster truck. Ted returned to Eagle Rock and went to work as a machinist
for the Pico Company of Los Angeles, and later Asco Sintering Corporation in Commerce,
Calif. On June 29, 1957, he married the love of his life, Annette (Toni) Gadd. Together they
raised three sons: Jim, John, and Scott. He was always very involved with his kids, in Boy
Scouts, Indian Guides, and supporting them in their endeavors (electronics, motorcycles,
cars, music, etc.). He loved the outdoors, often taking his family camping in their trailer,
backpacking, and canoeing. Ted retired in the year 1989, and he and Toni moved to Big Bear
Lake. Since then the couple has lived in Yucaipa and Redlands, Calif., and for the past two
years in Albany, Ore. Ted and Toni shared a beautiful life together for 54 years.
He is survived by his wife, Toni, his sons and daughters-in-law (Jim and Stephanie, in Albany,
Ore., John and Cindy, in Eagle Rock, Calif., and Scott and Sophia, in Tappan, NY), five
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Ted will always be remembered, as a devoted and loving husband, and father.
Memorial contributions to the Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House may be made in care of
Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. SW, Albany, OR 97321. Fisher Funeral Home is