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“I am so sorry for your loss. I had Colton in study hall at Northview. He was always nice and had a great smile with beautiful eyes. I have been...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Deb Goddard - Ankeny, IA

“All my love to your family. I can't even imagine and have no words. What I do have is a fond memory. My first and only corn maze. Colton showed me...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Kylie Chilton - Carlsbad, CA

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Colton. My granddaughter is in the Silver Show Choir. The first time I saw Colton was at the last...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Beverly Neuroth - Ankeny, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: Debbie Kitani - Moreno Valley, CA

“Thoughts, prayers and nothing but love to your family! He will be missed by so many ❤ Love you guys! ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Skylar Courtier - Ankeny, IA

“Our son danced with Sarah and Creighton when he was very young. He had a blast with Sarah! When talking to my children about Colton, our daughter...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Jen Rafdal - Ankeny, IA - Friend

“So sorry for your loss! ”
7 of 13 | Posted by: kristen Fridley - Milo, IA

“Thinking if you all. Just want you to know that he will be missed by many! Sending you and your family prayers and hugs! ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Candee Morrison - Ankeny, IA

“Colton had such a contagious spirit. He shined his light throughout Southeast! ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Charity Wenham - Ankeny, IA

“I will miss seeing his smiling face in class at Northview. As a dance mom from another studio, I enjoyed watching him at Dance Competitions. I too....Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Kim Spicer - Ankeny, IA - Teacher

“Dear Ferree Family-The instant smile that comes to me as I think of all the wonderful gestures, comments, amazing talent, and fun Colton brought with...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Linette Mace - Summerville, SC

“I can not think of anything more difficult than the loss of a child. Accentuate all the memories and love. Colton was gift that will keep on bringing...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Wilson - Bella Vista, AR

“Many many heartfelt prayers for Coltons family... so so sorry for your loss!!! ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Jennifer Brazelton - Ankeny, IA


Colton Andrew Ferree, 14, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2020, as a result of a tragic accident.

Colton was born with a beautiful head of red hair and an impish grin on February 14, 2006, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Mark and Sarah Ferree of Ankeny. He was a bright, shining light in the world who could bring a smile to everyone's face each time he entered a room. Colton truly cared about others and how they felt. If he ever noticed any of his peers were not part of a group or looked alone, he would not hesitate to go over to them and make them smile and feel like they belonged.

Colton absolutely loved to ski in the Colorado mountains with his family every winter. He learned how to ski from his dad and they enjoyed long days on the mountain trails with the rest of the family. Over the years though, the student surpassed the teacher in ability and then Colton most enjoyed skiing double black diamond runs with his brother, Carson, both of whom were close ski buddies who enjoyed exploring the challenges and views of the mountains together. Colton was absolutely fearless on the mountain, and probably a little too fearless according to this brother who tried to keep him from taking last second turns to zoom down vertical tree runs from time to time. As much as he liked skiing, his family suspected one of Colton's favorite activities was picking out every item on the menu in the lodge and spending an hour or two talking and eating when the family met up for lunch.

Colton competed in tumbling and got a kick out of turning back handsprings and flips for his friends in the yard, into the swimming pool or on the baseball field after a good play. He hit his first true home run over the fence in little league baseball last season and couldn't wait for this year's season to start. Just to fill up his schedule a little bit more, he joined the track team at his school. Colton was in the middle of his eighth-grade year at Northview Middle School and he dearly loved being a part of the Ignition Show Choir with his friends. He lit up every time he stepped on stage, and there were few things he enjoyed more than bringing joy to others through his performance. He was excited to attend show choir camp with his best friend this summer, and he wanted more than anything to audition and one day be a part of the Ankeny Centennial Spectrum Show Choir like his big brother, Creighton.

Dance was a huge part of Colton's life as he basically grew up in the Ankeny dance studio his parents own. He loved hanging out with all of his dance friends creating so many crazy memories throughout the years from recitals to competitions to sleepovers to French fry runs – if there was food and laughter you could bet Colton would be in the middle of it. One of Colton's aspirations was to work for Disney like his mom and sister, Dakota, and he had the trip of a lifetime this past fall when he traveled to Hong Kong Disneyland to see Dakota perform and take in all the local sights and food!

Most of all, Colton loved and felt a special bond with his mom. Maybe it was their shared loved of Mickey Mouse and all things Disney, or their enjoyment of watching Harry Potter or the Avengers movies together, or having snacks on the back deck. The one thing you always knew about Colton was that he loved his mom with all of his heart. From the time he was a little boy he would sing a duet of "You Are My Sunshine" with Sarah, and he meant every word. His passing has left a void that will never be filled.

Colton is survived by his parents, Mark and Sarah Ferree; his brothers, Carson (16) and Creighton (18); his sister, Dakota (Mills); his grandfather, Russell Rose of Ankeny; and a big loving family of cousins and aunts and uncles.

Colton was greeted in heaven by his maternal grandmother, Andrea Rose of Ankeny; and his paternal grandparents, Max and Lorraine Ferree of Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

*Colton's family would like to thank you for supporting them with cards, thoughts, prayers, and in so many other ways during this time. A public funeral service for Colton will be held Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. at the FFA Enrichment Center (1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, Iowa). The building is spacious enough that social distancing guidelines will be followed. Burial will follow the funeral at Ankeny Memorial Gardens with a reception afterwards at the Enrichment Center. The family invites all family and friends to attend so everyone can honor Colton and grieve together.*