Warren D. Collins, 84, of Granite City, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, at Meridian Village Care Center in Glen Carbon.
He was born July 15, 1931, in Gallatin, Mo., the son of the late Allen Jesse and Anna Virgie (Dunn) Collins. He married Mildred (Hart) Collins on Dec. 26, 1955, in Murphysboro, Ill., and she survives. They had three sons and six grandchildren.
The United States Navy veteran proudly served his country as a meteorologist during the Korean War. He was an educator and school administrator. He taught history and government at the high schools in Murphysboro and Granite City, later becoming a school administrator in Granite City. He served as principal of Prather Jr. High School, Logan and Webster elementary schools and as director of the gifted program and curriculum director for the school district. He enjoyed reading and traveling. He was a skilled woodworker, a maker of furniture and clocks. He also enjoyed photography. He specialized in nature photography and especially liked photographing birds. He was a devoted family man and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was an active and faithful member of Niedringhaus United Methodist Church in Granite City. In addition to his beloved wife of 59 years, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Curt and Charlene Collins and their children, Eric, Evan and Emily, of Florissant, Mo., and Patrick and Chris Collins and their children, Danielle, Jacklyn and Phillip, of Collinsville; a niece, Laura Aerne; other extended family and many friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by their son in 2008, Allen H. Collins, who served as an attorney in Collinsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Madge and Joseph Hanson and a nephew, Matthew Hanson.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, with the Rev. Linda Harris-Cosby officiating. Burial with full military honors will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Memorial Cemetery in Murphysboro. Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.