Harry E. Collins passed away on May 24, 2015 at War Memorial
Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. Harry was born in Muskegon,
Mich. on 3 June 1931 attending school in Muskegon until the age of
15 years and then South High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He
enlisted in the US Army on June 3, 1949 on his 18th birthday serving
until January 1, 1971 and then retired with over twenty years of
service. He served in the Korean War during 1951/1952 with the 25th
Infantry Division, 14th Infantry Regiment as a combat Infantryman.
After returning from service in Korea and after a break in service,
Harry reenlisted in the US Army in 1954, he volunteered for the US
Airborne service as a paratrooper that same year , attending the US
Army Airborne Jump School at Fort Campbell, KY, on graduation he
served with the 11th Airborne Division , 188th Parachute Infantry
Regiment, 508th Airborne Battle Group, after serving two other
additional overseas tours in the far East and two years in Germany
and other assignments and receiving numerous commendations he
retired as First Sergeant of the 52nd Military Police Company at
Fort Sam Houston, Texas in 1971.
After retiring from the US Army, Harry was employed with the Federal
Prison system for over 3 years at Milan, MI as a Senior Officer
Specialist and then accepted employment with the Chippewa County
Sheriff's Dept. in 1974. He then attended Police Training School at
Northern Michigan University, graduating as class president in 1975.
He also attended Lake Superior State University part time and earned
an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement and an Associate Degree in
Harry retired from the Chippewa County Sheriff
Dept. in 1991 as a Deputy Sergeant and also served as the Jail
Harry is survived by his wife, Marie Louise (Demour); 4 children:
Michael (Cirra) Collins, Michelle (Delbert) Anderson, Terrence
(Kristin) Collins and Mary Ann (Michael) Jurczenko; 7 grandchildren:
Jennifer (Pete Soppelsa) Anderson, Melanie (Jonas) Anderson-Kong,
Mark and Catherine Collins, Breana Eby, and Jacob and Bailey
Collins; and 4 great grandchildren: He is also survived by a brother
Daniel (Anita) Collins of Albuquerque, NM, sister Beverly Hentig of
Wyzata, MN and numerous nieces and nephews.
Harry was predeceased by his parents: Harry and Florence (Dahl)
Collins; brothers: Robert Collins and Donald Collins.
Harry's family would like to thank all of the Doctors and Nurses who
cared for him. Harry was especially appreciative of the wonderful
care he received from his doctors and nurses, particularly Doctor
Timothy O'Connor and Doctor Edward Smith, the nurses who work in the
Oncology Department of Mackinac Straits Hospital in St. Ignace and
the Infusion Department of War Memorial Hospital.
Family and friends may gather for visitation at C.S. Mulder Funeral
Home from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, followed
by military services at Oaklawn Chapel Gardens.
Memorials may be left to Hospice of the EUP. Condolences may also be
left online at www.csmulder.com
The (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) - Tuesday, May 26, 2015