Elmer Collins

Posted Online: March 14, 2014, 5:30 pm
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Elmer L. Collins, 86, of Moline, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 18, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
Elmer was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Moline, son of Elmer L. Sr. and Mildred France Collins.
He graduated from Moline High School in 1945, then from University of Illinois with a mechanical engineering degree, then followed that with his law degree in 1958. Elmer proudly served in the United States Army. He married Shirley Swanson on April 18, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 29, 1988.
Elmer worked as patent attorney for Libbey-Owens-Ford Glass Co. He enjoyed reading, history and car rides. He was a member of the Moline Exchange Club.
Survivors include his son, Joseph (Sandy) Collins, Moline; daughter, Kathryn (Dr. Richard C.) Bump, Indianapolis, Ind.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his sister.
Online condolences may be left for his family by visiting esterdahl.com.


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