Lee Oren Collins, Jr.

Born: Sun., Apr. 25, 1926
Died: Sun., Mar. 10, 2019


Visitation

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 14, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Mar. 15, 2019
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location


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Lee O. Collins, Jr.

April 25, 1926 – March 10, 2019

Lee Oren Collins, Jr., 92, of South Bend died at 4:00 a.m. Sunday, March 10th in Healthwin Specialized Care Facility. Mr. Collins was born April 25, 1926 in South Bend to the late Cecelia M. (Orr) and Lee O. Collins and was a lifetime area resident. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jean E. (Ashley) Collins; one grandson, Tech Sgt. Dale Mathews; sons-in-law, Victor Steinhoffer and Tom Triplet; and siblings, C. Merle Collins, K. Orraine Gregory, Patricia Collins, and Robert Collins. He is survived by his children, Linda K. Steinhoffer, Judy Paczesny (John), Patty Triplet, and Jim Collins (Kay) all of South Bend and Joyce Wheeler (Tim) of Lafayette, IN; nine grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Lee was a member of the German Twp. Lions Club, VFW, American Legion, German Twp. Advisory Board and also helped with 4-H, Girl Scout Troop Dad, and Boy Scouts.  In retirement he was a Memorial Hospital volunteer and helped with camp building needs at Camp Millhouse, many times repairing roofs with other members of Northwest Church. Work for Lee began at an early age working in his father's ice cream store, Barbra Fritchie.  He would pedal an ice cream bike making daily sales.  Later he would work in the restaurant.  As children came and Lee needed more money he started working in the Bread and Cake division of Teamster's with jobs at Dolly Madison, Sara Lee, Frito-Lay, Schafer Bakery, and Butternut Bread.  In retirement he worked at Tom's Vending and Country Florist.  

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 15th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. with Rev. Vickie Van Nevel officiating. Committal services and burial with military honors will follow at Riverview Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 14th from 4 until 8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions in Lee’s name may be made to Northwest United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Rd., South Bend, IN, 46628. Family and friends may leave email condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Lee's memory to the following organization:

Northwest United Methodist Church
21855 Brick Rd. South Bend, IN 46628

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