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William "Bill" Collier, 85, died in Klamath Falls, Ore., Nov. 8, 2013.
A service of tribute and love will be in St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Martha Hurlburt officiating. Immediately following will be a celebration of life at the Ninth St. Venue. Please join us.
Bill was born March 14, 1928, to Bertram and Leila Wingert Collier in Sanilac County, Mich. He grew up in Canada until the family moved to Grants Pass just prior to his senior year of high school. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1946-1948. During this time, the family moved to Klamath Falls, where they purchased Chapman Cleaners, which would later become Collier's Cleaners.
After his honorable discharge, he attended Dry Cleaning School in Silver Springs, Md. Upon his completion of schooling, he returned to Klamath Falls to begin working with his father. He met Maxine "Mickey" Pugh, and they married in St. Paul's Episcopal Church on May 10, 1952.
Bill continued to own Collier's Cleaners with his brother Doug until his retirement in 1990 when he sold his portion of the business to Steve Lowell, his nephew.
Bill was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, where he was a lay reader. He was also a member of the Rotary Club, serving as program chair and youth exchange chair, and the Elks Lodge.
He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and sports, but Bill was especially devoted to family. He enjoyed youth baseball, coached Babe Ruth baseball, and was on a committee that brought the 1968 Babe Ruth World Series to Klamath Falls. In addition, he built a log cabin for the family at Rocky Point. Bill loved the ice rink and ice hockey, which he played in Canada growing up.
When he retired, he tried to re-establish the ice rink at Moore Park, often being up at 2 a.m. making new ice. Many community members banded with Bill and Mickey along with Jeld-Wen to help establish the Bill Collier Community Ice Arena at Running Y Ranch Resort.
Bill is survived by his wife Maxine "Mickey;' daughters and son-in-law, Karen and Stan Strickland of Klamath Falls and Gloria Henneman of Medford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ernest and Ruth Collier of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, and Doug and Barb Collier of Klamath Falls; sisters and brother-in-law, Dorothy Lowell of Klamath Falls and Connie and John Breazeale of Bonanza; five grandchildren, Can and Matt Strickland and David, Mike, and Eric Henneman; great-grandchildren Victoria and Ellie Henneman; numerous loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Eternal Hills Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Bill's memory to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or the ice rink.
Please sign the online guest book at www.heraldandnews.com/obituaries.
Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens
4711 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, OR 97603
Published in Herald And News on Nov. 13, 2013