SPRINGFIELD - Philip W. Collins, Jr., 81, of Springfield, died at 3:50 a.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center.
Phil was born June 24, 1931, in Chicago, the son of Philip and Rella Dwyer Collins. He married Donna Betts on November 27, 1981, in Chicago.
Phil was a 1949 graduate of Mt. Carmel High School and received his B.S. in Commerce from Notre Dame in 1955. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. Phil served in the House of Representatives for 16 years until 1982. He worked as the Director of Corporate Tax Collection for the Illinois Department of Revenue for four years and was the Director of Business Services for the Secretary of State for eight years. He was just elected to his eighth term on the Illinois Legislative Retirement Board.
Philip was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, Sangamo Club, Knights of Columbus, VFW and American Legion. He was an avid Notre Dame fan and enjoyed swimming and golfing.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Patricia O'Connor.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Collins of Springfield; two sons, Philip W. Collins, III of Chicago and Gregory (wife, Kathy) Bridgwater of Mt. Vernon; two daughters, Tierney (husband, Kevin) Eson of Colorado and Pamela (husband, Victor) Naskrent of Chicago; eight grandchildren: Ashley (husband, Ben) Timmons, Lindsay Whitten, Christopher Eson, Erin Collins, Kelsey Bridgwater, Michelle Eson, Zachary Michalik, and Mackenzie Collins; two great-grandchildren, Shaelynn Hoffman and Mason Adams; one sister, Irene (husband, John) Hinkamp of Chicago; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1930 Barberry Dr., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service at 4:00 p.m.
Funeral Mass: 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3, 2013, at Christ the King Catholic Church, with Rev. Msgr. David S. Lantz celebrant and Fr. Joseph Ring concelebrant. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery.
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The family of Philip Collins, Jr. is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.