Colin “Colie” Stigen was born December 10, 1937 in Baudette, MN to Lillian Stigen. He was raised by his grandmother, Ingeborg Stigen in the Baudette area, surrounded by extended family in his early years. He attended school in Baudette before enlisting in the Air Force for a short time. He was honorably discharged and returned home to fulfill family commitments. He later married Loraine Castle on November 25, 1961. They lived their first years as a couple in a small cabin while Colin worked in the woods as a logger. In October 1962, the couple had their first son. In the years that followed, they would have a second son and three daughters.
In 1965, Colin began working for the City of Baudette, where he would continue on for 31+ years. In addition to his extensive experience as a mechanic and inventor of mechanical fixes, he gained great skill as an equipment operator. He spent much of his off time working on ditching projects for local conservation efforts before retiring in 1996.
Colin enjoyed his early retirement spending time with his children and grandchildren while continuing to do backhoe, cat, and mechanical work for friends and neighbors. He bought himself a four-wheeler that he used to “cruise around” and visit family and friends. He continued to enjoy his life-long love of partying, fishing, and hunting and shot the first buck he would mount the last season he was able to hunt.
In 2005, Colin suffered a massive stroke which left him partially paralyzed and severely debilitated. He spent the last six years of his life surrounded by the family he loved, special caregiver Subrena Erickson, and very special friend and caregiver, Charlene Carston. He left this world with family by his side, at home, on August 2.
Colin is survived by his mother; Lillian Riedel of Willow Springs, Missouri, sister; Lillian (Doll) Cash, brother; Billy Riedel, Loraine Stigen, children; LeRoy Stigen, Roger (LaNan) Stigen, Angela (Larry) Eason, Nancy (Kyle) Smith, and Susan Stigen, 11 grandchildren, 3 great- grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Ingeborg Stigen and brothers, LeRoy and David Faust.
Colin was a logger, inventor, mechanic, machine operator, and friend to everyone. He will be dearly missed as a grandfather, father, uncle, brother, son, and friend.