George Collins (1914 - 2015)

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George Elwood Collins
February 15, 1914 - May 29, 2015
George E. Collins, 101, of Nampa, died at home May 29, 2015, of natural causes. George was born February 15, 1914, in Dark County, Ohio, to Golda Mae Boze Collins and Russel Snell Collins. He was the only brother to four sisters.
George spent his early years in Ohio where he received his early education and worked with his parents at the family's restaurant, the Dinner Bell. During the Great Depression, when there was very little work to be found, he had a very special adventure of "riding the rails". George was a Marine Corps veteran of WWII, and it was while serving in the South Pacific that he was told about the wonders of Idaho after befriending a fellow Marine from the Treasure Valley.
After the war, George returned to Ohio and accepted employment with Aero Products Division of GM that led into a position as a draftsman. A few years later George felt he really would like to experience living in Idaho, and began preparations to relocate. He was excited to accept a job with the Conservation Corps in eastern Idaho. It was during that time that he took classes toward a degree in forestry. He only lived and worked in Idaho a few years before it became necessary to return to Ohio. He returned to work for GM as a draftsman and developed many designs, three of which were patented. George was later transferred by GM to work at the Allison Division in Indiana, where he assisted in the design of aircraft engines.
About 1 year prior to his retirement from GM, George married Helen June Summersett. After vacationing in Idaho, they decided to relocate to the Treasure Valley, thus allowing George to fulfill his long held dream of someday returning to live in Idaho. While residing in Caldwell, George designed a beautiful home which was built on a site overlooking the Snake River outside of Marsing where Helen and he lived for eighteen years, before they relocated again, this time to Nampa.
During retirement, George and Helen traveled extensively throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Backpacking in Alaska proved to be a very special experience. George and Helen even traveled on his Harley Electra Glide until his mid-70's. Besides traveling, George enjoyed spending time with his family. George also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping with friends (or family) and spending time working and relaxing on his friend's ranch. Other interests included his love of wood working, making wine, reading, and following the Cincinnati Reds and the Boise State Broncos. George amazed his family and friends with his ability to problem solve and to fix just about anything.
George is survived by his wife, Helen J. Collins; his children, Richard (Dorothy) Collins, Nancy Elliott, and George (Marcy) Collins II; and step children, Steven (Jean) Summersett and Michael (Leslie) Summersett; in addition to numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sisters, the mother (Vivian Merritt Collins) of his first 2 children, the mother (Marie Aurelia Davis Collins) of his second 2 children, one child, John (Susan) Collins, and two grandchildren.
George lived a long and full life during which many wonderful memories were created. He will be greatly missed.
A brief Marine Corps military honors ceremony will be held at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, June 15, 2015 to begin promptly at 3:00 p.m. Following this ceremony, a short celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 8 S. Midland Blvd, Nampa. A light meal will be served after the service. Condolences may be shared at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Horizon Hospice and/or Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 10, 2015
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