Obituaries

Colton Gritzmacher

July 18, 1997 - August 28, 2020

Colton  Gritzmacher

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Colton Gritzmacher of Belvidere, Illinois, died too young on Aug. 28, 2020 after a tragic accident. But in his 23 years, he lived life on his own terms and in the moment. Born July 18, 1997, Colton was the kind of person who could talk your ear off, who didn’t care what others thought of him, who rocked a mullet because he could, was always up for an adventure, stuck up for kids getting bullied and never turned down a dare. Colton was a firefighter for Boone County Fire Protection District #2, just like his dad. He had a special bond with both of his parents, Charmaine Cornwell and Kirk Gritzmacher, who would do just about anything for their son, including taking him on hunts for bears and sharks. It didn’t matter what Colton was doing — hunting, fishing, boating, target shooting, hanging at the campground, racing in a derby, fixing up his boat or tinkering with a broken down car — he surrounded himself with his people and enjoyed life in the present tense. He knew what true love felt like with girlfriend Makayla Janeway. Colton, who stood 6’3” and was nicknamed “Skinny” by the firehouse, was a former wrestler who knew how to carry his own weight. His three-year-old champion bird dog, The Death Star Darth Vader, was one of his greatest prides. He could convince you something was a “good bargain” even if it wasn’t, and loved quality where it mattered.

Colton was both young at heart and beyond his years. Seemingly never in a bad mood and with a goofy sense of humor, he was the kind of person who could fit into any friends group and had many of them. He loved his family fiercely, and they loved him back. 

He was taken too soon at 23, but his life was well-lived.

Preceding him in death are grandfathers Joseph Cornwell and John Gritzmacher; uncle Matthew Johnson; and cousin Zachary Gritzmacher. He is survived by parents Charmaine (Todd Larson) Cornwell and Kirk Gritzmacher; girlfriend Makayla Janeway; grandmothers Virginia Gritzmacher and Judith Cornwell; siblings Kailah Rohda, Kent Larson, Evan Larson, Paige Larson; aunts and uncles Reid (Sue) Bullard, Nancy (Mike) Jackson, Mike Bullard, Danielle (Nick) Klaus, honorary aunt Kristin (Randy) Jones, Kent Gritzmacher, Kip (Trina) Gritzmacher, Krystal Pendzinski; nieces Payton Cruz and Zoey May.

The walk through no contact visitation for Colton will be held from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL ( Please enter door #4, near the playground).  Colton’s funeral service with Firefighter Burial Rites, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Boone County Fairgrounds Grandstands (please enter the main gate #1). Social distancing and face mask are encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Boone County Fire Protection District #2 for personal protection equipment in Colton’s honor. Private family burial will be held in Garden Prairie Cemetery. To share a memory, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com

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Service Schedule

Friday, September 4, 2020
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church

815-544-8058

The walk through no contact visitation for Colton will be held from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL ( Please enter door #4, near the playground).  Social distancing and face mask are encouraged.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Colton’s funeral service with Firefighter Burial Rites, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Boone County Fairgrounds Grandstands (please enter the main gate #1). Social distancing and face mask are encouraged.

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So sorry for your loss.

Mike Stern 2020-09-05T14:47:26

Chow and family, my heart and prayers go out to you. I did not know Colton, but my kids and niece did and they say nothing but wonderful things about him. I can’t imagine the heartbreak you are going through. Try to remember his contagious smile and know he will always be on your shoulder.

Marcy Sanders 2020-09-05T09:42:29

May God shine upon you and wipe away the tears during this sudden loss.

John & Susan Fish 2020-09-04T14:42:05

We are sincerely sorry for your painful loss , we knew Makayla.

Larry and Joyce Halbmaier 2020-09-03T19:28:56

Charmaine and Kirk, I cannot even imagine the pain as a parent losing a child. Colton was such a respectful, polite, sweet, charming young man. His smile lit up a room and his laugh was contageous. Our deepest sympathy from my family to yours. May all of the beautiful memories of Colton help you in this tragic time of loss. Lots of love and hugs and prayers from my family to yours.

HEATHER STROUP & FAMILY 2020-09-03T16:06:36

Just wanted you to know Colton stopped here Friday around noon with some packages. He gave my two granddaughters a smile and a little wave. He gave them a little giggle. So sorry for your loss.

Kim 2020-09-03T10:38:01

May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get your family through the days ahead. My most sincere condolences.

Ilana Eisenberg 2020-09-03T10:17:11

Praying for all who have been touched by Coltons life. May God Bless you with beautiful memories

Sally Norek 2020-09-03T09:48:22

My prayers go out to you all for this unforeseeable loss.

Jen Countryman 2020-09-03T09:23:02

My condolences to the entire family.

David Englund 2020-09-03T08:17:28

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