Maurice Remington Colberg, Jr.


Maurice Remington Colberg, Jr.


Maurice Remington Colberg, Jr. passed away suddenly on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Billings. He was born on Dec. 26, 1934, in Minneapolis, first son of Maurice Colberg, Sr. and Odessa Redding Colberg.

His parents moved their family “home” to Billings, which put them nearer their Hardin and Sarpy Creek families in the early 1940s. Maury was an active child, excellent student and athlete. He graduated from Billings Senior in 1953. He participated in all sports (football, baseball, basketball, and track and field) along with several school activities, including Key Club and Boys State. Maury attended Montana State University in Missoula (yes, it was called that then) in 1953. He played basketball on a squad known as the “Fabulous Frosh” and later for the Griz while pursuing his business and law degrees. At UM, Maury became a proud and loyal member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, where he met many lifelong friends.

Maury lived an exemplary, honorable life that reached thousands of people. He treasured his family and dear friends, the constitution and law, sports, and his community. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and UM Grizzlies fan.

Maury was married to his wife of 56 years, Patricia Stewart of Helena. After their first date while attending UM, Maury knew that Pat was the love of his life and told his friends he would marry her. They were married Sept. 12, 1959, and, in July 1960, their first of three children, Bradley Allan, was born in Helena. The family welcomed son Steven Stewart, March, 1962 and daughter Cathleen Ann in September, 1966. Maury and Pat’s relationship was a beautiful demonstration of marriage. They were the best of friends and gave each other the support and freedom to each live their own lives. As Pat’s health failed in later years, Maury faithfully cared for her, allowing her to stay in their family home.

Maury was an engaged family man, spending time coaching his sons’ little league teams, fishing and hunting with his boys and his own father and teaching the kids to play golf. Maury and Pat’s love and undying support of the family was always at the center of their worlds. Billings West Bears, Three Forks Wolves, Spokane’s Lewis and Clark Tigers, Missoula’s Sentinel Spartans and Hellgate Knights, Carroll College Saints, and MSU Bobcats. Academics, basketball, football, golf, track and field, rugby, majorettes, cheerleaders — being the biggest fans of their children and grandchildren was the focus of their lives.

Maury’s large circle of lifelong friends is evidence of his personality, his fun-loving spirit and his love of life. He loved to have a good time, even if he might be “twitching” and complaining about his last golf round.

Maury was a true scholar and steward of the law. His first law position was as a clerk of the Montana Supreme Court in Pat’s hometown of Helena. Maury soon accepted a law position in a Billings firm and thrived as a practicing attorney in Billings. Maury’s law career culminated when he was appointed District Court Judge in 1989. Maury sat on the bench for 13 years and was a respected, fair, conscientious judge. When not pursuing his career, Maury found time to devour books ranging from world and U.S. history to all of the latest mystery novels.

Maury was a committed community servant. He was an Army Reserve in the early ’60s. He served on the School Board during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. His work with the Montana Bar Association, Yellowstone Kiwanis, the University of Montana Alumni Association and as a member of First United Methodist Church was important to him. Many young people in Billings knew Maury as “The BUG Man,” serving Kiwanis by delivering ice cream to students in Billings who worked to “bring up grades.”

When Pat passed in 2016, Maury never thought he’d find happiness again. He was blessed with a special relationship with Judy Buchanan, with whom he shared many adventures over the past few years.  Judy gave Maury love and happiness in his late life, along with becoming a treasure of love for the rest of the family.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia, and his parents. He is survived by his children; grandchildren Ryan, Derek, Patrick Colberg (Brad), Jacob and Luke Colberg (Steve), and Morgan and Riley Frazier (Caty); brothers Roger Colberg (wife Karen) and Richard Colberg; and his sister Karen (Clark) Ashby.

Cremation has occurred. Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at First United Methodist Church, 2800 Fourth Ave. N., Billings.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is handling arrangements. Maury may be honored by a donation to the Angel Fund, Billings Food Bank or to a charity of choice.

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16 thoughts on “Maurice Remington Colberg, Jr.”

  1. Maury was a dear friend. His devotion to his family was alway evident; supporting them in all their endeavors. We had many good times on the golf course. His presence at our Prayer Breakfast for years led to many talks and sharing about life, family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

  2. Rebecca T. Schilling

    I was honored to have worked with Maury (Judge) for many years. He performed our wedding ceremony in 1992. He was always smiling, courteous, and he had a terrific sense of humor, even in some very tense situations in the courtroom. I will always remember him as a stellar example of what we all should try to be: honest, hard-working, and gracious. I will always treasure his memory.

  3. Lorrie Galuska-Rodriguez

    God definitely knew that putting Pat and Maury together was a good thing….no, a GREAT thing! I was fortunate enough to grow up across the street from the Colberg family. We always referred to Maury as “The Judge” – he was quick with a smile and always had a twinkle in his eye. My parents were blessed with the friendship of Maury and Pat — My heart breaks for Brad, Steve and Caty. Y’all had wonderful parents to learn from and LOVE from! God Bless you all. The memories and legacy will live on forever.

  4. So very sad to hear of your dad’s passing to Brad, Steve and Katy and your children and extended family. So grateful for all of our family memories from the Billings time and beyond and my most recent memories were your folks helping all of us through Mom, Judy and Sam’s passing,,,My folks got married just a year before yours Brad; and we were both born about the same time cane quick for them and they LOVED us….
    Dad and I had a good time and bitter sweet time yesterday at church, mom’s grave and then breakfast and later the third round of leftovers with one of the great grands. Thanksgiving was always Bapa’s birthday, mom and dad’s wedding anniversary,,,would have been their 60th…and Thanksgiving. It is tough to loose someone on a holiday and both my grandparents went on same day 20 years apart a couple of days after Christmas which made us lucky. It takes time but you know already you make it..I loved your folks and you guys..may you know in your hearts that they will never leave you and will always watch over you from their safe and happy heavenly grand and seemingly impossible even more loving perspective. (This is what I have been blessed to learn with mom.) I treasure our memories and all those New Years parties as kids and having been loved as well by your folks….God Bless you and Many prayers…Sarah

  5. Wow, I was so surprised to read about his passing. I really enjoyed seeing/greeting him at the gym. Truly a devoted Griz fan. On occasion, I could check up on his kids… he would work in about the grandkids!

  6. Very fond memories of Maury and Pat! Growing up as a friend of the family. So sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts.

  7. Brad, Steve and Caty, I’m so sorry for your loss! I have great memories of both your mom and dad over many years. Gods blessings. Marie

  8. Jerry and Velma Johnson

    Very fond memories of Maury when we both played basketball for the Griz. He was such a fine, gentle man. Our prayers for his family.

  9. Our prayers are with the family, so sorry we can’t be at service because of a previous appointment that can’t be changed. Maury sat across from us each Sunday at church and always had that smile and greeting that we will miss so much. Your parents were an inspiration to many! They loved the Lord and showed it so many ways. When he read scripture (which he was scheduled to do last Sun) he did it from his heart and you could feel the Lords’ presence in every word. May the Lord give you much comfort and peace. Marty and Joletta Carlson.

  10. So sudden, Maury! Sorry to lose your presence at many events and to share memories about our friendships which seem to be taken from us more rapidly these days. You and Pat were such special people of devotion to family, friends and causes in our community with the very best intentions. Admirable lives, dear friends, will always be missed.

  11. Judge Colberg was one of the good guys in this world. I had the good fortune to play golf and talk philosophy with him. I will miss him, and will always remember his good spirit, decency and sense of humor. My best wishes to his entire family and all his friends.

  12. I worked with Maury for 10 years and was his partner. He was an inspiration and mentor for me and I am so thankful for his friendship and counsel during those years. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you in his family. Rev. Bill Jensen.

  13. He was a true man of honor. He always tried to to do the right thing. He fought the good fight. He was a great lawyer, Judge, Griz fan, citizen, Sigma Chi and golfer. He did lead by example. He was a great example of what you strive for in life. He will be missed.

  14. We were so sorry to read about Maury’s passing but know you all have many happy memories to share. Dick, I will let Bob know; he lives in North Carolina now. We are thinking of you and Brad’s family especially; we had his three boys in nursery at the Methodist Church in Missoula years ago. Our love, Kathy (Adolph) and Tom Anderson

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