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Vernon R. Collins
  • Second Reformed Church
    703 14th Avenue
    Fulton, IL 61252
  • Medical Associated Clinton Diabetic Forum
    915 13th Avenue North
    Clinton, IA 53732

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“Hi, Sue, I was looking for your name and came upon this site with Vern's picture and story. I can't believe it is 15 months since you lost your Vern...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Marie Oseguera - Arroyo Grande, CA

“To Sue and Family: Please know that I have thought about all of you in the last several days. I knew Vern through our Church and I worked with him...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: LaVonne Huizenga - Fulton, IL

“Sue I have been on vacation and see that your husband has passed on to his heavenly home. You have my sincere sympathy, it has been a hard road to...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jane Pessman - Morrison, IL

“Sending our prayers and sympathies to Sue, Rhonda, Dan and their families on the loss of Vernon. We are very sorry. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Rich and Lynelle Criss - Morrison, IL

“I had asked about Vernon many times. Unfortunately I had not seen him since high school in Sabula. We used to hang around when we did band trips. I...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Daryl Paddock - Geneva,, IL

“I was so sorry to hear of Vern's passing. He was always a pleasure to care for. He always had a smile on his face and a song to hum. I will miss...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Kelli Overberg - low moor, IA

“I have so many happy memories of Uncle Vern. He always had us laughing so hard it hurt. Always LOVED spending time at Aunt Susie and Uncle Vern's...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Karen Martinson - Appleton, WI

“Dear Sue and Family, I am so sorry about the passing of Vernon. Sue, you were a dutiful and loving wife. I met Vernon through the Diabetic Forum...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Martha Truax - Clinton, IA

“Vern, Ben (my brother) and I fished during the summer months to earn our spending money. We spent a lot of time together playing cards and just...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Linda (Clark) Reed - Gambier, OH


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Vernon R. Collins, 69, of Fulton, IL, died Monday, February 11, 2013, at the Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, IA.

Vern was born on February 2, 1944, in Savanna, IL, the son of Radke V. and Gladys L. (Petersen) Collins. He graduated from Sabula High School, Sabula, IA in 1962, and earned his BA Degree from Western Illinois University in 1984. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict era; he was stationed in Pensacola, FL, and was assigned to the U.S.S. Cambria. He served in Adak, AK and was deployed to San Miguel, Philippines. He married Suzanne Richman on April 22, 1967 in Miles, IA. He was employed by Ralston Purina (Clinton) for 31 years, retiring on September 25, 2001. Vern was a member of the Second Reformed Church, Fulton, IL and was a member of the choir. He was a former member and past Commander of the Fulton American Legion, Former Member and Worshipful Master of the Sabula Masonic Lodge AF & AM, the Shriners Lodge of Clinton, IA. He was also an avid hunter. He was a member of the Clinton Municipal Band where he played the tuba. He was the former auctioneer for the Clinton County Heart Association annual fund raiser. He was the former chairman of the Fulton Zoning Committee. When he was junior high age he also worked as a commercial fisherman in Sabula, IA. He was an outstanding husband, father and grandfather of whom was gifted with his love and generosity. He was a hard worker and loved life.

Survivors include his wife, Sue of Fulton, IL; 1 daughter, Rhonda (Paul) Mussmann of Clinton, IA; a son, Daniel V. (Lisa) Collins of Eldridge, IA; 5 grandchildren, Hunter Daniel Collins, Alexander Paul Mussmann, Riley Danielle Collins, Nicholas Paul Mussmann and Alisha Renee Mussmann; and 1 sister, Karen (Lee) Foxworthy of Kansas City, MO.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in the McDonald Funeral Home, Fulton, IL. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, February 14, 2013, in the McDonald Funeral Home, Fulton, IL, with Reverend Tom Loyola of the Evangelical Free Church, Clinton, IA officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery, Fulton, IL. A memorial has been established to Second Reformed Church, Fulton, IL or to Medical Associates Clinton, IA Diabetic Forum.