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Charles F. "Chuck" Collins II

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Charles F. "Chuck" Collins II Obituary
Charles F. Collins II "Chuck"
Charles F. Collins II "Chuck" was born Feb. 18, 1954, in Springfield, Mass. Chuck joined the U.S. Air Force in 1974 and proudly served his country until retiring in 1994 at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, where he had been stationed since 1982. It was there that he met and married his wife, Jody, in 1983 and they were blessed with and raised their two sons, Charles F. Collins III and Steven J. Collins. Upon his retirement, he started and operated the successful small business Chuck's Lawnscape, as well as worked with the German air force, until joining Customs and Border Protection as an immigration officer in 2002, where he once again welcomed the opportunity to serve his country in yet another capacity under Homeland Security.
Upon completion of the immigration training program he was assigned to the port of his dreams at Anchorage, Alaska. Chuck was notably proud of his position and was a credit to his force. Tragically, Officer Charles F. Collins II lost his life while on temporary duty at his beloved Eagle, Alaska.
Chuck was truly proud of his family. He was a wonderful provider and a gloatingly proud father. Chuck is survived by his wife, Jody; sons Glenn R. Collins and his wife, Tara, Charles F. Collins III and his wife, Lesley, and Steven J. Collins; sisters Barbara Eckert and Lori Collins; nephew Raymond Boissonault; and nieces Sandra O'Neal and Linda Geary, as well as grand nieces and nephews.
Beyond this, Chuck was first and foremost a friend in the truest sense of the word. He was always the first to lend a hand, or to simply just be there, always very caring and helpful. He is, therefore, also survived by friends the world over too numerous to mention personally, but Chuck would wish they were named here, each and every one.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Officer Collins to: The Roger Von L. Amelunxen Foundation, 104-15 100th St., Ozone Park, NY 11417.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at 5 p.m. at Legacy Kehl's Chapel, 11621 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage, Alaska. A continuance of services will be held in Alamogordo at Heritage Park on the Holloman Air Force Base on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at 10 a.m.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 27 to Sept. 27, 2010
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