Ed passed peacefully into the arms of The Lord at his home on August 31, 2012. He was born to Charles C. and Mary Elizabeth (Arvitt) Collins on November 11, 1915, on the family farm near Ordway, Colorado. After attending school and farming with his family during the great depression, he joined the US army on November, 1940. Surviving D Day in June, 1944, he went on to serve under General George Patton and was wounded in France. The Army awarded him the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart; he was then discharged at Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming in 1945. Ed met and married Elsie E. Hrinek, the love of his life, on February 21, 1946. They raised their family and were married for sixty-six years. Ed was a professional truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Donald, grandson Craig, and six brothers and sisters. Elsie and Ed have nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his wife, grandson Corey Axelson, his wife Lorie, his sisters-in-law, Marge Hrinek and Eleanor Collins, and several nephews and nieces. The family wishes to sincerely thank his friends and neighbors for their care-giving during his last days. Pikes Peak Hospice did an excellent job of caring for him and his family. Donations may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice. Funeral services will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery and Funeral Home, 3825 Airport Road, Friday, Sept 7th at 10:00am. With viewing one hour prior. Reception will be after the service at Remnant Church of the Nazarene, 1615 E. Cheyenne Road.
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Published in The Gazette on Sept. 6, 2012