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Colin William Tesdall passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016. A memorial visitation will be held 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Stevens Memorial Chapel (607 28th St. Ames, Iowa 50010). A memorial service at 7:00 p.m. will follow the visitation. Colin was born in Ames, Iowa on June 24, 1958 to DeWayne and Debra (Anderson) Tesdall. He grew up in Ames and, after attending Ames High School, continued his education at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado.

For over 35 years, Colin worked in the roofing industry. He owned and operated Tesdall Roofing for a number of years prior to traveling the country as a commercial roofing consultant.

Colin was passionate for the outdoors and family. As a child, he spent his time fishing and mushroom hunting with his dad, brothers, and Grandpa Bill. As his outdoor experience grew, he developed an uncanny ability to navigate any deep timber or mountain forest. Colin loved to hunt, fish, and bring home a trophy-sized catch for dinner with his family. Of all the things Colin loved, nothing came close to how he loved Kyle and Natalie. He always thought and worried about them. He talked about how proud he was of both of them and everything they did. He cherished every moment together, from riding bikes to taking goofy pictures of each other over lunch.

Colin will be remembered by loved-ones as a fearless man with strong political views, a vast knowledge of wildlife, and a bold sense of humor.

Colin is survived by his children Kyle Tesdall and Natalie Tesdall and their mother Tana Tesdall of Ames, his father DeWayne Tesdall of Ames, sister Valerie (Steve) McClimon of Bolivia, NC, brothers Doran (Renee) Tesdall of Ames and Joel (Linda) Tesdall of Boone, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother Debra Tesdall of Ames, brother Ronald Tesdall of West Des Moines, grandparents Bill and Ruby Anderson of Boone, Gladys and Carl Morrison and Lawrence and Rose Tesdall of Ames.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources at

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