Lester Ray Collins Sr.(1921 - 2013)

Lester Ray Collins, Sr.

Delmar—Lester Ray Collins, Sr., 91, of Delmar, formerly of Hebron, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

He was born August 22, 1921 in Hebron, a son of the late Roland and Lula Collins.

Lester left school at a young age to go to work on the railroad. He proudly served his country in the US Coast Guard during World War II. Following his discharge he returned to Hebron to work many years as an auto mechanic for Beach's Garage and Marvel Packing Co. He was a past member of the American Legion Springhill Post 237 in Hebron and the Hebron Volunteer Fire Department. He loved the outdoors, especially fishing, and was an avid Dale Earnhardt, Sr. fan.

He is survived by a daughter, Frances A. Owens of Delmar; a son, Thomas Warren Collins of Delmar; 3 grandchildren, Lisa Short, Andrea Hudson, and Randy Collins; great grandchildren, Kristen Abbott, Megan Ayers, Kaitlyn Webster, Madison Webster, Karilyn Webster, and several others; and his long-time companion, Barbara Tull of Delmar. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Gloria (Perdue) Collins; a son, Lester Ray Collins, Jr.; and 4 brothers.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Short Funeral Home in Delmar, where friends may call from 10:30 to 11:30. Interment with military honors will follow the services at Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock.

Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Wreaths Across America, PO Box 249, Columbia Falls, ME 04623.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.shortfh.com.

Funeral Home

Short Funeral Home
13 E. Grove Street Delmar, DE 19940

Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 5, 2013