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Brother Maurice Remington Colberg, Jr.

Maurice Remington Colberg, Jr. passed away on November 22, 2018 in Billings. He was born on Dec. 26, 1934 in Minneapolis, first son of Maurice Colberg, Sr. and Odessa Redding Colberg. His parents moved their family to Billings, which put them nearer their Hardin and Sarpy Creek families in the early 1940s. Maury was an excellent student and athlete, graduating from Billings Senior in 1953. He participated in all sports along with Key Club and Boys State.

Maury attended University of Montana in 1953. He played basketball on a squad known as the “Fabulous Frosh” and later for the Griz while pursuing his business and law degrees. He became a proud and loyal member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity where he met many lifelong friends.

Maury was married to his wife of 56 years, Patricia Stewart of Helena. After their first date while attending UM, Maury told his friends that he would marry her. They were married Sept. 12, 1959 and produced three children, Bradley, Steven and Cathleen.

Maury was an engaged family man, spending time coaching his sons’ little league teams, fishing and hunting with his boys and his own father and teaching the kids to play golf. Maury and Pat’s love and undying support of the family was always at the center of their worlds.

Maury and Pat’s relationship was a beautiful demonstration of marriage. They were the best of friends and gave each other the support and freedom to live their own lives. As Pat’s health failed in later years, Maury faithfully cared for her in the family home.

He was a true scholar and steward of the law. His first law position was as a clerk of the Montana Supreme Court in Pat’s hometown of Helena. He accepted a law position in a Billings firm and thrived as a practicing attorney in Billings. His law career culminated when he was appointed District Court Judge in 1989. He served for 13 years as a respected, fair and conscientious judge.

Maury was a committed community servant. He served on the School Board during 1970s and  1980s. He served the Montana Bar Association, University of Montana Alumni Association, First United Methodist Church and Yellowstone Kiwanis. Many young students in Billings knew Maury as “The BUG Man,” where he served Kiwanis by delivering ice cream to students who worked to “Bring Up Grades.”

Maury’s large circle of lifelong friends is evidence of his fun-loving spirit and love of life even if he might be “twitching” and complaining about his last round or golf.

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Core Values
Sigma Chi’s core values are Friendship, Justice and Learning. Our vision is to become the preeminent collegiate leadership development organization — aligned, focused and living our core values. Our mission is to develop values-based leaders committed to the betterment of character, campus and community.

The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance and promotion of the core values of Friendship, Justice and Learning.

In the pursuit of these high ideals, the Sigma Chi Fraternity is able to offer tremendous value in augmenting the collegiate experience and supporting the lifelong journey of each of its members. We hope to assist brothers in becoming men of character, caring husbands, compassionate fathers and community leaders.