Charles "Charlie" James Colegrove
(September 2, 1983 - January 4, 2014)

Of Lansing Born on Sept 2, 1983, beloved son of Susan (Wreggelsworth) Colegrove and Paul-Sam (Sarah) Colegrove, passed comfortably at his home with parents at his side on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. While some simple things involved in everyday living and growing were difficult for him, Charlie simply did those things differently. Each victory over his circumstances was celebrated fully and with genuine joy. Charlie’s joys and accomplishments are he loved fishing with family and friends and participating in the cub scouts. Charlie participated in civil war reenactments with the 7th Michigan, Company B and like to study civil war history. He enjoyed watching Green Bay Packers and Spartan football games. Taking time to go hunting with Uncle Ken, dog trialing with his brother Joe, Grandfather Ken and Uncle Ken. He also enjoyed t-ball, basketball and riding bikes with his brother Joe. While riding and driving horses at Eaton Special Riding in Charlotte, Charlie went to the State 4H horse shows earning several metals. Charlie loved holidays and especially Halloween and enjoyed caring pumpkins and decorating Christmas trees. He also helped with Grandpa Wregglesworth puppies, traveling with Dad to help out at Area 8 Special Olympics at MSU and CMU. Charlie loved to explore the woods at campgrounds with his brother Joe who would gather all of the snakes and other amphibians. Charlie enjoyed camping at Rockey’s with Mom and friends. Last but not least, Charlie loved his puppy Annie Belle. Charlie earned his varsity letter as the equipment manager from the Eaton Rapids High School varsity football team under Matt Reed. Charlie graduated from Eaton Rapids High School in 2002. Then enrolled at Lansing Community College pursuing and earned a degree in digital media. However great Charlie’s accomplishments were, and how physically sturdy he appeared to be, he was in fact quite medically fragile. Charlie received a great start in life from Dr. Paul Jakubiak. Dr. Edward Sladek got Charlie up and on his feet and kept Charlie walking his entire life. Dr. Mark Takagishi and Dr. David K. Johnson kept Charlie healthy. Thank you for all that you all did so well and for so long for Charlie. Charlie loved you all! Staying healthy for Charlie required over 44 surgeries over his 30 years. Charlie was finally overwhelmed by the last series of surgeries. Charlie received great care by the nurses and doctors of tenth floor, neuro-intensive care floor of Edward W. Sparrow Hospital. Charlie’s family would like to offer their heart-felt thanks and appreciation for all you did for Charlie. Charlie made many trips to and from the hospital in an ambulance during his life. The Lansing Fire Department always provided the very best care and compassion through this skill and professionalism. Words fail us, and we can not express how much it means to us. You brought Charlie home. Also Sparrow Hospice Care and Charlie’s hospice nurse Dawn Weitzel. Dawn answered our questions, provided care and support and helped us with Charlie at his passing. Thank you for your compassion for us and Charlie. Lastly, Allen Jensen and staff of Palmer Bush & and Jensen Family Funeral Homes. You made a very difficult time go smoothly, gracefully and allowed us to celebrate Charlie’s special life. Charlie’s lasting gifts to us are that our difficulties are not as bas we imagine. And if we stop, smile and think about it, things aren’t as bad as we think and appreciate those who are nice to us, try to tolerate those who are rude and love simply. Surviving are his parents, his brother Joseph (Keri) Colegrove, grandparents: Kenneth and Bille Wreggelsworth, aunts and uncles: Marie (John) Delockery, Ken (Carol) Wreggelsworth, Douglas (Christine) Colegrove, and many cousins and friends.

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