PEKIN - James S. Collins, 68, of Pekin passed away at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at his residence.
Born April 7, 1945, in Englewood, N.J., to John A. and Mary Caroline (Krochel) Collins, he married Peggy S. Fabry on Oct. 6, 1979, at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Mark S. Fabry of Eureka; two nephews, Jeff Hyde of Peoria and James (Renny) Hyde of Pekin; one niece, Jennifer (Brad) Jockisch of Manito; one great-nephew, Sean Aaron Hyde; and two great-nieces, Ayla Ellen Jockisch and Nora Diane Jockisch. He also leaves his beloved Maggie, who was his faithful companion.
His parents preceded him in death.
Jim worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 40 years in first operation at Building LL, retiring in 2004.
Jim was a great cook and loved camping. He also enjoyed gardening, woodworking and being outdoors, taking care of his yard. Jim will be remembered as a loving spouse and a caring friend to many.
His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin. The Rev. Gary L. Ford will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow the service at Prairie Haven Cemetery in Pekin.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554; or to Grace United Methodist Church for the Growing God's Grace Building Fund, 503 N. Fourth St., Pekin, IL 61554.
To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.
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