Walton R. Collins, Jr.

Born: Sat., Feb. 15, 1930
Died: Mon., Sep. 24, 2018

Memorial Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 06, 2018
Location: Saint Joseph Church at Holy Cross College

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 Walton R. Collins, Jr., husband, father, writer, editor, and mentor succumbed to complications from Parkinson’s disease on Monday evening, September 24, in his home at Andre Place, Holy Cross Village. He was born February 15, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pa., the oldest son of Walton R. Sr. and Margaret (Missett) Collins.
A ’51 graduate of Notre Dame, Walt met his wife, Carolyn Huebner, a student of Saint Mary’s College, at a college tea dance. They have been married 66 years and have five children: W. Robert III (Margret), Chicago, Ill.; Mary Carol (David) Kretschmar (dec.), South Bend, Ind.; Jeanné Marie, Shelburne, Vt.; John Joseph (Judy), South Bend, Ind.; and Margaret Mary (Tony) Martin, White Pigeon, Mich. David and Niky Kretschmar have remained part of the family as the dearest of friends.
Walt always considered himself a journalist, through the many paths he took on that road. His journalistic career began at the Philadelphia Inquirer during high school. After he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in philosophy, he returned to Philadelphia to write for a small trade magazine. In 1954 he became manager/editor of the Alexandria (Indiana) Times Tribune and in 1957 came to the South Bend (Indiana) Tribune as a general reporter and later editorial writer.
When the local campus of Indiana University moved to its current site, Walt joined the university as Assistant to the Chancellor with an emphasis on public relations. Thirteen years later, he became editor of the Notre Dame (alumnae) Magazine, from which he retired in 1995. He also taught in the journalism departments of Indiana University South Bend, Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.
Besides his family and writing, Walt’s passion was travel. Camping trips (tent only) throughout the United States and some of Canada were a yearly family adventure. After the children were grown, he and his wife would spend winter months on the Mexican coast and later in Cape Coral, Fla. Hiking trips to the Grand Canyon, as well as the western mountains, with friends were a highlight. He and Carol traveled abroad. Their favorite was Vienna, but they also visited Ireland many times, as well as Germany, England, Scotland, Brazil, Peru, China, Japan, and Australia.
Walt and Carol have 17 grandchildren: Bethany (Billy) Hardy of West Lafayette, Ind.; Jonathan (Amy) Collins of Clinton, Tenn.; Jenny (Wayne) Wenger of Elkhart, Ind.; Rylie Marie Collins of Chicago, Ill.; Emilie (Joseph) LaRosa of Philadelphia Pa.; Dustin (Andrea) Kretschmar of Greenville, S.C.; Suong, Vina, Visa, Elina, and Ryan Nguyen of Shelburne, Vt.; Brittany (Justin) Kaufman of South Bend, Ind.; Brianna (Philip) Little of Mishawaka, Ind.; Amanda Collins of Indianapolis, Ind.; and Steven, Jacqui, and Jarrett King of White Pigeon, Mich.
They also have 13 great grandchildren: Collin and Isabel Hardy; Isaiah and Abigail Collins; Cameron, Chad, Ben, Jaxson, and Jonathan Thomas Wenger; Helen and Julia Little; and William and Henry Walton LaRosa.
He is survived by his brother, David Jarrett (Joan) Collins of Duxbury, Mass., plus many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death are his parents, his daughter, Mary Collins Kretschmar, and his sister, Margaret (Bill) Hemp. A Commemoration Mass will be held at 11a.m. Saturday, October 6, at St. Joseph Church, Holy Cross College, with reception to follow at Andre House, Holy Cross Village.

More information on Walt’s life and comments from friends can be read in the South Bend Tribune, Wednesday, Sept 26, 2018. Donations in Walt’s name could be made to Camp Millhouse, 25600 Kelly Rd, South Bend, IN 46614; Holy Cross Village Foundation, and/or Center for Hospice Care, 501 Comfort Place, Mishawaka, IN, 46545. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Walton's memory to the following organizations:

Center for Hospice Care,
501 Comfort Ln., Mishawaka, IN, 46545

Camp Millhouse
25600 Kelly Rd., South Bend, IN, 46614

Holy Cross Village Foundation
P.O. Box 303, Notre Dame, IN, 46556.

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Diana (Stalker) Breden
   Posted Fri September 28, 2018
Deepest condolences from the Stalker family and from all of us at Camp Millhouse. Camp Millhouse brought our families together when Mary and Julie met out there in the early 1970's. Julie spoke fondly of the trips she took with Mary and the Collins family. Walt, Carol, and all of Mary's siblings held a very special place in her heart. May all of your wonderful memories bring you peace. Much love

Laurie Carner Dye
   Posted Fri September 28, 2018
It was while in high school that I came to know the Collins family. Walt's late daughter, Mary Carol, and I were friends who met at COR. I loved going their house; in awe of all of the books on shelves. Walt and Carol were always welcoming.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. He has been freed from the chains of Parkinson's and reunited with Mary Carol, her baby, and all of his loved ones that passed before him.
A true testament to the type of person Walt was, when Mary Carol was murdered, he, Carol, and I spoke of the then impending trial of her accused. They did not want the death penalty for him; they wanted him to get the help he needed. Through their nightmare, they were concerned as to what would be best for him.
May God wrap His arms a little tighter around you all and guide you through Walt's passing.

Toni Cook
   Posted Tue October 02, 2018
Walt was a very special person. It was my honor to have known him. I know you and your family will miss him greatly. I know I have missed him at Wednesday breakfast for the last several years.

David Tacke
   Posted Wed October 03, 2018
Ypu all have my sympathy. I know what it is like to lose a father.

Keith Knauss & Paula Auburn
   Posted Wed October 03, 2018
The world has lost one of the kindest and caring who walked among us. Walt's family has lost a beloved member who added laughter, love and warmth to their lives. Can it be that it's been that many years since Walt and Keith were the "new comers" to the IUSB campus? As colleagues they watched the campus grow and contributed to that growth. Paula and Keith enjoyed many a breakfast with Walt and Carol at Tom's discussing the political lay of the land. With retirement we moved to Palm Springs, CA and lost touch. We are both so sorry to learn of Walt's passing. We have so many fond memories.

Keith Knauss and Paula Auburn

Dave Parent
   Posted Thu October 04, 2018
I met Walt at I.U.S.B. .I was taking a journalism course with Walt as my professor during dark times for Walt. When I stopped in to give Walt my condolences, he was so full of grace and kindness.He was my favorite prof at IUSB , among many fine educators. More than that though, I think that he was as good of a person as I have known ...Thanks Walt, for helping me get a job at the Elkhart Truth, thanks for being a great teacher, and thanks for being a great friend and mentor.The world was a better place with you in it.

Linda James
   Posted Fri October 05, 2018

GARDEN PATH was sent by Linda James.

With sympathy, Linda James

Peggy Bassier
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018
Margie and family you have my deepest sympathy. I have come across this poem that I felt was so appropriate for your father. Love, Peggy
A Successful Man
by Unknown Author
That man is a success -
who has lived well, laughed often and loved much;
who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of
who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
who leaves the world better than he found it;
who has never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to
express it.;
who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.

Alice Clark
   Posted Sat October 06, 2018
All of us at South Bend Area Genealogical Society send you and your family our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Many remember you and Walt coming together to meetings for many years. On behalf of the Board of Directors and general membership of the South Bend Area Genealogical Society, our deepest condolences.

Chris Sobieralski
   Posted Sun October 07, 2018
Dear John and Family,

Just wanted to express our sympathy on the loss of your dad. I say "Dad" because it is pretty clear from the way you have spoken about him in the past and by what has been written about him he is a "Dad". Anyone can be labeled a father but the special ones get to be called "DAD" and that is clearly the case.

I think I made the connection after you moved from South Bend but the instructor for one of my first journalism classes had his boss, then editor of Notre Dame Magazine speak to the class. For some reason it took me a while to make the connection. When you're 18 and have seasoned writer as a guest lecturer it's pretty cool and the lecturer kept that momentum going.

Once again, you have our sympathy and prayers.
Chris, Lori & Mike Sobieralski

Edie and George Gasper
   Posted Mon October 08, 2018
With deepest sympathy and prayers to comfort
you at this time of sadness in your loss.