Bishop Emerson S. Colaw


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Relationship to conference: Retired bishop

Date of death: October 11, 2016, at age 94

Arrangements: Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 15, at Hyde Park Community UMC (1345 Grace Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208), and the funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. The service will be live streamed at

Appointment information: Emerson S. Colaw was elected bishop in 1980 and served the Minnesota Annual Conference until retiring from the episcopacy in 1988.

Colaw is survived by children Prudy (Larry) Klinger, Deb Colaw Peterson, Marcie (Michael) Vilardo, and David (Jill) Colaw; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane, who died in 2013, and his grandson Robert.

Memorials can be directed to Twin Lakes Benevolent Care Fund (9840 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242) or Hyde Park Community UMC Endowment Fund (1345 Grace Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208).

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