ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, John Charles von Colln who was born on June 6, 1937 and passed away on June 20, 2010. We will remember him forever. Obits can be found here: http://s941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/keoni_photos/John_Charles_von_Colln/Obits/

Please take time to look at the photos, stories.. and please visit often over the next month or so.  There will be a lot of additions.  He kept many articles and important papers...  The most significant will be shared.

Additional pictures, articles, videos and full resolution pictures and movies of what's on this site can be found here (hint, look to the left for sub directories of specific subjects): http://s941.photobucket.com/albums/ad256/keoni_photos/John_Charles_von_Colln/

Hello Friends:  You can contribute by "lighting a candle", adding a favorite photo, writing a story.  Attachments can be added to stories, so you can attach a scanned newspaper article, photo..

Thank you for sharing your life with us and this wonderful man.

Posted by John Von Colln on June 20, 2020
Ten years ago today you left this world. You spent your life as a protector, amazing father, husband, best friend and great American. I live life to make you proud every day.

Love and miss you so much Dad.
Happy Father's Day ❤
Posted by Debbie Whiteley on June 20, 2016
Thinking of all the special times we shared - so many wonderful memories. I love and miss you Dad!
Posted by Sue Sowers on June 20, 2015
Good thoughts and smiles when I think of you and our childhood.
Posted by Debbie Whiteley on June 20, 2015
Dad, Not a day goes by that I don't think of you and all of the wonderful memories we shared. I love and miss you very much!
Posted by Eldon Von Colln on June 20, 2015
Thinking of you, all that you did for me and love you gave to me! I will always love you!
Posted by Eldon Von Colln on June 6, 2015
I still think of you everyday! What a great brother you were! I will always love you! Butch
Posted by Ronald Von Colln on June 6, 2015
Jack, you are my cousin and one of my best friends.
Posted by Eldon Von Colln on June 20, 2014
Not a day goes by that I do not think of you and all you did for me. Four years is hard to believe. We shall be together again some day. Until then I will do what I do, and that is miss you! Love, your little brother.
Posted by Eldon Von Colln on June 6, 2014
Well brother Jack, another birthday and I still miss you. More now then ever! God Bless, Butch.
Posted by Eldon Von Colln on June 6, 2014
Well brother Jack, another birthday and I still miss you. More now then ever! God Bless, Butch.
Posted by Debbie Whiteley on June 6, 2014
It's hard to believe that you've been gone for nearly four years. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, I have so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish ... Dad, I love and miss you so much.
Posted by Sue Sowers on June 6, 2014
Forever in my heart big guy !!!
Posted by Ronald Von Colln on June 20, 2013
Gone but never forgotten.
Posted by Debbie Whiteley on June 6, 2012
Dad, I'm thinking of you on what would have been your 75th Birthday (and is Mom's 74th) ... you are always in my thoughts and I love you very much!
Posted by Eldon Von Colln on June 6, 2012
Brother Jack, I miss you and think of you every single day! You were a great role model. I am still very proud of what you accomplished in your life. Love, Butch.
Posted by Ronald Von Colln on June 6, 2012
Jack may not be with us in person but he will always be in my heart.
Your cousin, Ron
Posted by Rebecca Willson on June 6, 2012
Thank you for sending this memorial .....Cousin of Sandra's.....
(Mary) Rebecca Hardy Willson......

June 6, 2012
Posted by John Von Colln on June 21, 2011
We spent the weekend with Mom. You would be proud, she’s so strong. Father, teacher, mentor, my best friend, the most honorable and bravest of men. I’ll make you proud by raising my son as you have raised me. I Love and miss you DAD, John
Posted by Debbie Whiteley on June 20, 2011
It's hard to believe it's been a year, you've been truly missed ... I love you dad.
Posted by James McPheron on June 20, 2011
A year has come and goone and still you are missed, to the family he will always be in our thoughts. Im sure God is smilling down on John and he is was of his guardians at the gates to Heaven.  Good Bye for now I will see you in the future. James M
Posted by Jonathan Whiteley on June 20, 2011
I still think of you everyday Papa, I have your picture up just under our TV, I went shooting yesterday out in the desert yesterday with some friends and took your little French pistol out! That little thing is fun!!! I love you so much,
Jonathan
Posted by Eldon Von Colln on July 17, 2010
My Dear Brother Jack, I love you and you will be sorely missed. You were my hero and my idol. I will always cherish the times we spent together, Love Butch
Posted by Shirley Hillblom on July 15, 2010
So many memories from our many years boating. John, you are now enjoying many other loving boating buddies that have left us. We always remember the "bear hugs" they were the best.
Posted by Sue Sowers on July 14, 2010
John (Jack) will always be remembered with a smile in my heart. Thoughts and prayers go to Sandra and family.
Posted by Dr Nancy Doreo on July 9, 2010
What a beautiful tribute to an honorable man!
Posted by Sue Rockholt on July 8, 2010
John was a wonderful friend on C-Dock & Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club. We had wonderful times cruising the Islands, and much comraderie on our boats. Time moves on. We will meet again, John
Posted by Carmen Howard on July 8, 2010
John will always be remembered... Sandra, I am here for you! Peace be with you and all of John's family and friends! Hugs, Carmen
Posted by Lenny Neigel on July 7, 2010
It's always a sad day when we loose another "Brother" time will heal all. God bless you all.
Posted by Chuck Wideen on July 7, 2010
He was a great guy to chat with, with so much to offer he will be truly missed.
Posted by Larry Malmberg on July 6, 2010
I fondly remember John from the ID Bureau at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. He will be missed by many, I'll always remember the good times.
Posted by James Benson on July 6, 2010
My first rememberance of "Retired" Sgt. Von Collins was he examined a positive fingerprint identification when I worked fot Lt. Marcu Grounds; very professional expert.
Posted by James McPheron on July 6, 2010
May you rest in peace another brother LEO gone but never forgotten. rest in Gods arms.
Posted by Allen Miller on July 6, 2010
Allen timothy millerI worked with jon in the id bureau,we had a lot fun,he was agood man, an well be missed, God bless you all
Posted by Roger Coyle on July 6, 2010
Both my dad Ruben Coyle and myself knew John for a long time. He was a fine man and will be missed by all who knew and worked with him.
Posted by ROBERTA BUCHANAN on July 6, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Posted by Ron Forbush on July 6, 2010
So long John, it was great knowing you. God's love to you Sandy.
Posted by Rebecca Willson on July 6, 2010
Rebecca Hardy & Alvin L. Willson lit a candle on 25th June 2010

Cousin Sandra, we want you & your family to know that we have received your note on Jack's passing......
Posted by Rene (Ray) Cadieux on July 6, 2010
I remember his humor and a sweet guy with a big heart!!
Posted by John Plasencia on July 6, 2010
I worked West End Shriff Station with John. He loved his job with the sheriff's office. He used to call it the "Besnt End. God bless him and his family.
Posted by Russ Lons on July 6, 2010

My first Patrol Sgt. at the old West End station. I have always admired VC for his way of breaking in new Deputies. (and it was his way)
Always to be remembered!!!

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Posted by Glenn Koons on July 5, 2010
As a Cape May grad with Sandra, and a friend of Jack, I commend this brave couple for facing many many problems , hurts, health problems and yet still faced them by looking forward with God and others
Posted by Anna Antoni on July 4, 2010
We remember a lovely young couple who moved next door to us from Jersey. A young man who was so upset his wife was going thru a difficult birthing that he came to us crying. God be with you all
Posted by Roger Black on July 3, 2010
When I was a young Deputy for the SBCSD in the early 1970's, John was one of my Sergeants. He was a wonderful Sergeant, mentor, and was always good to me. I am greatly saddened by his passing. May God Bless and watch over his Family. 
Posted by Eugene Gilmore on July 3, 2010
Eugene Gilmore
John was one of my first sergeants at West End. He was a great guy, wonderful sense of humor, intelligent,caring and was the sergeant whose shift you hoped you were on. Bless him.
Posted by Loretta Cole on July 1, 2010
the Whiteley family-I did not know John personally but through Debbie who I worked with for 8 years and her Mom who I shared Creative Memories with. My condolences to all of you.
Posted by Jonathan Whiteley on June 25, 2010
I love you Papa, I will always remember you and the many many wonderful times we had. You will be greatly missed!!!
Posted by Debbie Whiteley on June 25, 2010
Forever in my heart ... I love you Dad.
Posted by Debra Smith on June 25, 2010
Im very sorry for your loss of such a sweet & loving man.

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Recent Tributes
Posted by John Von Colln on June 20, 2020
Ten years ago today you left this world. You spent your life as a protector, amazing father, husband, best friend and great American. I live life to make you proud every day.

Love and miss you so much Dad.
Happy Father's Day ❤
Posted by Debbie Whiteley on June 20, 2016
Thinking of all the special times we shared - so many wonderful memories. I love and miss you Dad!
Posted by Sue Sowers on June 20, 2015
Good thoughts and smiles when I think of you and our childhood.
Recent stories

An Appreciative Wife

Shared by Sandra Von Colln on August 9, 2010

John and I led a varied and unusual life and I would not have changed a thing. From varied police work, private investigations, polygraph and all they entailed and still led a fairly normal family life and wonderful fun times with friends and family. Most civilians could not understand all we went thru, especially in our private investigation work of 27 years, but we touched many unusual lives.

See some example stories I wrote here.

So you see, it is not all criminal, Court Appointed cases. There are a lot like these examples. I am very proud to have been John’s wife/secretary/fellow investigator/ship mate/mother to his children but most of all, constant companion and FUN ORGANIZER.

THANK YOU ONE AND ALL FOR VIEWING AND CONTRIBUTING TO THIS WONDERFUL MEMORIAL AND ESPECIALLY TO SON, JOHN FOR THIS MEMORIAL AND HIS DEDICATION TO HIS FATHER AND ME ESPECIALLY THESE LAST FEW MONTHS.      

LOVE TO ONE AND ALL,  Sandra S. Von Colln

Lost baby found in another state, by phone

Shared by Sandra Von Colln on August 9, 2010

A New Jersey family and former landlord called us in Ca. and said their druggie daughter had been in another state’s hospital and did not know where her infant daughter was. John found out she frequented Truck Stops, so he started calling many of them. He knew the daughter mumbled (Sparks) in the hospital so he tried questioning about someone with that name or from a place of that name. Also of anyone that had a passenger with a baby. One call to Texas got a NO but by accident, John called the same number back a second time. The lady was glad he did as she could talk then. Seems she knew a person by that name and he complained about a girl that left her baby in his truck and left. This truck driver took the baby to his mother in Michigan and she took the baby to a Christian Home to be adopted out. It seems the adoption was in progress when the grandparents notified the home. Since the grandmother was confined to a wheel chair and both were old, they agreed to let the adoption go thru. Both adopted parents were well educated, with means and nice people and agreed that the natural grandparents could continue with contacts thru the child’s life. All were very happy with the results. John only charged for the long distance phone calls, 2 full days of them. WHAT A GUY.

Unidentified murdered transient parents found

Shared by Sandra Von Colln on August 8, 2010

An unidentified transient female was found dead in back of a large market and the police wrote it up as an accident.  When John (no longer a cop) read of it, he decided, to look into it.  Any lay person that knew the facts would know it was not an accident, as there was a plastic bag covering her head/face and a cross had been placed in her privates among other clues. Seems a coffee shop in the shopping center only knew her by her first name as she would be given coffee there.   So John set out to find out who her family was so they could have closure. It took a lot of time and frustration, but he found them in another state (I forget where).  It was our reward that they were notified.  Cost to anyone - NOTHING.  Another At a Boy for my husband.