Former Sheriff’s chaplain dies in Reno hospital |

Former Sheriff’s chaplain dies in Reno hospital

Former Carson City Sheriff’s chaplain Bill Colonna, 45, died early this morning at St. Mary’s Hospital of complications related to diabetes.

Colonna, a one-time radio personality, and his wife of 16 years, Shelly, decided on Dec. 12 to turn off the dialysis machine that was keeping him alive after he indicated he did not want to live on a machine.

“I’m going home to the Lord,” he told his father after that decision.

Colonna spent his first 14 years in New York, a year in Florida, and at age 15, he moved to Nevada with his parents. He graduated from Wooster High School around 1979, and for a short time worked as a disc jockey in Louisiana, Georgia and in Reno on K-BULL.

He became a chaplain in 2000 and then almost immediately became a sheriff’s chaplain.

In March 2006, they found out his kidneys were failing, and he’s been hospitalized since February.