George Howard Collins Jr., 87, of Dunnellon, died Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Citrus Hospice House in Lecanto. He was born Oct. 20, 1925, in Fair Oaks, N.Y., to the late George H. Sr. and Harriet Van Sickle Collins.
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Mr. Collins retired from Orange and Rockland Utilities in New York and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II as 2nd torpedoman and also in the U.S. Army during the Korean Occupation as a buck sergeant.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dunnellon; the VFW; American Legion Post (Dunnellon); and Disabled Veterans of America.
Three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. Surviving family includes his wife of 63 years, Betty (Terwilliger) Collins of Dunnellon; children George H. Collins III, Steven J. Collins and Kathleen Collins, all of Dunnellon; grandchildren Meredith Collins (New York), Shavonne Collins (North Carolina), George Raymond Collins (Florida), Michelle (Leo) Raponi (New York), Allison (John) Perez (New York), Dominic (Francine) Raponi (New York); nine great-grandchildren (Devin Greer, Arionna Russo, Amanda, Erin and Brett Berlin, Victoria and Kaitlyn McComb and Kayla and Nicole Perez); sisters-in-law Dorothy Freer and Rayella Beaudin, both of Dunnellon; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service honoring his life and service to his country will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the Roberts Funeral Home Chapel, 19939 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, with Pastor Eddie Fulford, First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon, and the Watt-Rives American Legion Post No. 58 in Dunnellon. Family and friends will visit from 5 p.m. until service time on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the funeral home.
Private interment at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.
The family suggests, if you wish, memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 21501 W. Highway 40, Dunnellon, FL 34431 (352-489-4026) or Hospice of Citrus County, 3350 W. Audubon Park Path, Lecanto, FL 34462 (352-745-6578).
Funeral arrangements are under the care of the Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon.
Roberts Funeral Home And Crematory Of Dunnellon Inc
19939 E Pennsylvania Ave Dunnellon, FL 34432
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Sept. 15, 2013