Lee Oren Collins, Jr.

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


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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Ted Pulliam
   Posted Tue March 12, 2019
Thanks for the memories Lee!! I enjoyed quite a few conversations with Lee regarding experiences he and my Dad had in common. Lee having served with the Army during WWII (Dad with the Marines);each in the Pacific Theater of Operations. After returning home Lee worked in sales with several bakeries,as did Dad. It was fun to share sightings of various items seen in antique shops that related to the past that they had experienced. Thank you Lee for your service to our country! Thank you too for sharing experiences you had in life that are pleasant memories.

Don Monhaut
   Posted Thu March 14, 2019
We are unable to attend the funeral home, but wish to send condolences to your entire family. Many great memories from the days on Brick road

Edie Manak
   Posted Thu March 14, 2019
Lee was a neighbor when my husband Tom and I lived on Burton Drive. Tom died 10 years ago and I kept in touch with Lee until I moved to TN in 2016, but then did lose touch. He was a very nice man, and a wonderful and helpful neighbor. Rest in Peace, Lee.

Rachel Day/ Alicia Bueche
   Posted Thu March 14, 2019
I apologize that I won't be able to make it to the viewing but please know I am thinking about the Collins family and praying for you all. It was a pleasure getting to meet you all and see your bond and strength as a family. It was great to see the love and devotion on behalf of Lee. May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sunshine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon the fields, and until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Joan Blackford
   Posted Sat March 16, 2019
Could not be with you but you all were in my prayers during this time.

   Posted Wed March 20, 2019
My condolences to the family on the passing of Lee. May your fond memories
of him give you comfort. Also, pray to God for comfort. He will help because
God cares for you.
1Peter 5:6,7