On Friday, December 18, 2020, Stephen Gregory Colgan, loving husband and father of three, passed away at the age of 77 in Front Royal, Virginia. He was born on March 23, 1943, at the Pensacola Naval Hospital, where his father was stationed for flight training.
An intense curiosity for and love of all things sea, sky, and space led to an accomplished career in the U.S. Navy and aerospace industry. With a degree in aeronautics and science from Miami University’s NROTC program (Oxford, OH) and a Master of Science degree in Meteorology from the Naval Postgraduate School, Steve served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years, retiring as a Commander in 1987. He earned numerous awards and contributed to breakthroughs that revolutionized capabilities in weather analysis and forecasting.
He continued his life of service to the country as a systems engineer in the aerospace divisions of General Electric, Martin Marietta, and Lockheed Martin, retiring in 2003. He also served his community through 10 years as secretary for the Ruritan Club.
On August 3, 1968, he married Jane Molnar. They raised one son, Patrick Colgan, and two daughters, Cheryl Strzemienski (David), and Jennifer Colgan (Nathan Rud). He is also survived by his grandsons, Stephen and Daniel Strzemienski, and sister, Kathy Palmer. Steve was preceded in death by his father, Captain Edward G. Colgan, USN, and mother, June Colgan.
Steve had a wry sense of humor. He enjoyed musicals, Star Trek, and Elvis Presley, and was an excellent golfer and meticulous crafter of plane and ship models.
A funeral service will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association in Steve’s Honor.