Joseph Franklin "Joe" Collinson Jr., 82, of Tracy's Landing, died June 11 at Howard County Hospital in Columbia. Born December 10, 1930 in Annapolis to Joseph Franklin and Henrietta (Prout) Collinson, Joe was raised in Fairhaven and attended Tracey's School, Southern High School, Staunton Military Academy, and graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy. He then attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he played football. Joe served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1957 as a Private. He married Betty Frances Richardson on June 28, 1952, and they lived in Fairhaven. Betty and Joe later divorced. Joe was a lifelong farmer and owned and operated a plant nursery in Owings for many years. He also operated a lumber mill and the former Palomino Inn in Crownsville. From the late 1950's to the mid-1970's, he was an Anne Arundel County Commissioner, where he served as President and was later a member of the Anne Arundel Council, and served as a Chairman. Joe was a member of the Deale Elks Lodge 2528. In his leisure time, he enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, and discussing politics. He was a boxer, coached youth baseball and adult softball teams, and was an umpire. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Henrietta Bruce. Joe is survived by three sons, Joseph F. Collinson III, William P. Collinson, and Benjamin O. Collinson, all of Friendship; seven grandchildren, Joseph IV, Ashley, Angela, Daniel, Benjamin, Jr., Dacey and Payton; and two nephews Joseph Bruce of Severna Park and Alfred Bruce of Sinking Springs, PA. Family and friends will be received from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, June 16, at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings. A funeral service and celebration of Joe's life will be held 11 a.m., Monday, June 17 at Friendship United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. To leave condolences visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.
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Published in The Capital on June 14, 2013