William Collins

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

OLIVE BRANCH, Ill. -- William "Bill" Collins, 84, of Olive Branch died Monday, July 10, 2006, at Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau.

He was born Dec. 18, 1921, in Alexander County, Ill., son of William and Gertrude Greenley Collins. He and Josephine Siers were married May 19, 1945.

Collins had been a park ranger at Horseshoe Lake Conservation Area. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cairo, Ill.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Mark Collins of Olive Branch; two daughters, Julie Milton of Benton, Ill., Joanie Kluesner of Cape Girardeau; a sister, Mary Jo McKee of Cairo; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, a brother and two sisters.

Friends may call at Crain Funeral Home in Tamms, Ill., from 10:30 a.m. to service time Thursday.

The funeral will be held at noon Thursday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Nan Ellis officiating. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery.