Obituaries: Billy Collins

ELDON-Billy D. Collins, 62, of Eldon, died at 10:35 p.m. January 1, 2017 at Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa.

He was born March 9, 1954 in La Harpe, IL to Elmer Ellsworth “Bill” and Josephine Ruth Lorton Collins.  He married Leslie Fisher and they later divorced.

A graduate of La Harpe High School Billy had worked for Vaughn Automotive in Ottumwa since 2002.

Surviving are his children, Katie (Joshua) Bundy of La Harpe, IL, Bradley Collins of Springfield, IL and Aaron Collins of Daytona Beach, FL; step-daughter, Stacey Watson of Polk City; 8 grandchildren; a brother, Terry (Barbara) Collins of Blandinsville, IL; and a sister, Margo (Phil) Gray of Peoria, IL.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

His body has been cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday January 7, 2017 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in La Harpe, Illinois with Rev. Bruce Goettsche officiating.  Burial will be held at the La Harpe Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Serving Davis and Wapello Counties, 927 Pennsylvania Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501.