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“I remember Billy so well, we graduated from NYM together in 1959. I never thought about it but he was a gentle giant then too. Such a genuinely...Read More »
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“We Just want you to know how much we thought of Bill. He was such a good neighbor. Remember the time he came over and Helped Monty cut down two...Read More »
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“Bill was one of those Men that God gifted with great knowledge of so many things! I appreciated Bill more than words can say! Bill was generous...Read More »
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“Crystal, I am so sorry. Wish I could be there to give you a hug. Prayers to you. ”
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William Albert Collins, age 73 of Milledgeville, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at home after a brief battle with cancer.

Bill was born on September 22, 1941 in New York Mills, Minnesota; the son of Albert William and Ada Ethel (Niemela) Collins. He graduated from New York Mills High School in 1959.

Bill was a structural steel Ironworker for over 50 years and was a member of Local 498, Rockford IL. He was involved in various construction projects across the country, ranging from bridges and dams to buildings and homemade projects. He was an avid hunter and fisherman throughout his life and was active in wildlife preservation and game management. After his retirement, Bill received his Master Gardener Certificate through the University of Illinois. He had a passion for home gardening, growing both seasonal crops and flowers for the enjoyment of his family and friends. He enjoyed pickling vegetables, smoking locally caught catfish, and sharing his famous canned venison with anyone willing to try it.

Survivors include Crystal, his wife of 40 years; daughter, Billie Jo (Douglas) Rach of Breezy Point, Minnesota; son, Anthony Steven of Anoka, Minnesota; daughter, Tina (Alan) Fess of Macedon, New York; son, Robert Coleman of Haymarket, Virginia; one sister, Ruth Ann (Gary) Wilkinson of Park Rapids, Minnesota; two brothers, Ronald Collins of Mililani, Hawaii and John (Donna) Collins of Pine River, Minnesota; ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

A gathering of family and friends will take place on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Milledgeville (520 Holcomb). A celebration of Bill's life will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Reverend Rick Koch officiating.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Bill's honor to the Milledgeville Fire Dept or other organization of choice.