The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 9, 2014

William Collins

The Commercial-News

---- — William Collins, 78, of Danville, formerly of Florida, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014. He was born April 24, 1935, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Stephen and May Marquardt Collins. He married Jennetta Priest in 1963 in Florida. She has since preceded him in death.

He is survived by his daughters, Terasa Collins, Jackie Smith and Jane Schingel; his sons, Bruce Smith and Craig Smith; several grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Jennetta, his sister Irene, and one brother.

William was a man who enjoyed being outdoors. He loved fishing and being in nature. William served his country when he was a young man in the Marines; he was a Marine until the end. William lived in Florida for a number of years and while he was there, he was known for his helpful nature. He was not above going the extra mile to help a neighbor in need. He was also very active in the Home Owners Association in Satsuma, Fla. Above all else, William loved his family, especially his wife whom he loved and cared for until the end.

There will be a private family graveside service commemorating William’s life on a later date at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Please join the Collins Family in sharing memories, pictures and videos of William’s life on his tribute wall at

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