William Frederick Collins Jr., 92, of Hagerstown, Md., passed away Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, at the Julia Manor Health Care Center.
Born Wednesday, March 26, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late William Frederick Collins Sr. and the late Helen Higgins Collins.
He attended Lane Technical High School in Chicago. He was employed as chief engineer at International Harvester Company for many years and later was the owner of Collins Implement Co. Bill was the holder of 48 patents with International Harvester for farm machinery. He was an avid golfer with several holes-in-one at Midland Country Club.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Norma Aguglia Collins; daughters, Carolyn Gonzales and husband, Jorge, of St. Louis, Mo., Cathleen Cervin and husband, Javier, of San Diego, Calif., and Constance Eggert and husband, Bill, of Phoenix, Ariz.; sons, William Collins III and wife, Jennifer, of North Attleboro, Mass., Ronald Collins and wife, Luci, of Denver, Colo., Roger Collins and wife, Ellen, of Hagerstown, Md., Richard Collins and wife, Barbara, of Toulon, Ill., Norman Collins and wife, Cindy, of Phoenix, and Nicolas Collins of Phoenix; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond, Edward and Donald Collins.
Services will be held privately with the family.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com
William F. Collins Jr. 92
MARCH 26, 1919-NOV. 13, 2011
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