Muskegon Chronicle Muskegon, Michigan 6 December 1954 Page 25 Mrs. Collins, Area Resident 50 Years, Dies Mrs. Cecilia Collins, 3317 Hoyt street, Muskegon Heights, died yesterday at Mercy Hospital. She was 68 years old and had been a resident of Muskegon for 50 years. Mrs. Collins, the former Cecelia Lundquist, was born Feb. 15, 1886, in Sweden. She came to the United States with her parents in 1889 and settled in Chicago before moving to Lake Harbor in 1904. She was educated in Muskegon Public Schools and married Robert Collins here July 8, 1922. She was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. She is survived by her husband; two sons, Robert L. and Gilbert Green of Muskegon Heights; a step-son, Walter Collins of Muskegon Heights; a daughter, Mrs. Charles Mikos, Muskegon Heights; a step-daughter, Mrs. Carl Borgula of Muskegon Heights; two brothers, Roy of Norton Township, and Carl of Muskegon Heights; a sister, Mrs. Henry I. VanNordyk, Norton Township, and 16 grandchildren.
COLLINS, Elsie L. (Mrs)
Muskegon Chronicle Muskegon, Michigan 9 July 1996 Page 4C
COLLINS, MRS. ELSIE L. Muskegon Mrs. Elsie L. Collins, age 76, died Sunday, July 7, 1996. She was born in Benzie County, MI on June 11, 1918 and married Walter M. Collins on March 21, 1942 in Muskegon and he preceded her in death on February 23, 1992. She was a homemaker, member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, VFW No. 3195 Auxiliary and the Concerned Hearts Club. SURVIVORS 4 daughters, Mary (Ivan) Wilde, Gloria (Gale) Raby & Barbara (Jerry) Woodwyk all of Muskegon & Nancy (William) Raab of Whitehall, MI; son-in-law, Fred Hamel of Muskegon; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; niece, Carol Johnson of Frankfort, MI and nephew, Fred Priest of Benzonia, MI. Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Hamel on Dec. 3, 1995, 2 sisters, 1 brother and 1 great-grandchild. FUNERAL MASS Wednesday, July 10, 1996 at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Fr. Norman Droski as Presider. Interment at Mona View Cemetery. VISITATION Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 at Clock Funeral Home where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:30. MEMORIAL: Michigan Heart Association or Sacred Heart Debt Retirement Fund. –Clock Muskegon
COLLINS, Frederick J.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, MI Saturday, May 24, 1941, page 2
Boy, 9 Hit by Car, Is Cut About Head, Man Hurt in Crash Harry Collins, nine years old, 574 Yuba street, sustained a small cut on the head at 12:25 p.m. Friday when an automobile driven by Ira Towne, 37 of R.R. 4, struck the bicycle Harry was riding on Jackson street. Motorcycle officer Floyd Goschnick investigated. The boy was taken to a physician’s office and treated. Henry J. Webber, 51 years old, of R.R. 3, Fremont, was slightly injured on the right side of the face at 6:20 p.m. Friday when his car turned over on the right side after colliding with an automobile driven by Evelyn Barling, 18 years old, R.R. 4, Wolf Lake, at the Five Lakes and Mill Iron roads.
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COLLINS, Herbert C.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 10 December 1920, Page 13
Herbert C. Collins of Fruitland Township died yesterday after a short illness, aged 46 years. Mr. Collins was born in Padenarum, Ashtabula County, Ohio, August 16, 1874, coming to Michigan with his parents in 1878 and settling in Fruitland. He leaves besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Collins, of Fruitland, one brother and four sisters, A. E. Collins and Mrs. Tessa Depue, Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Chena Loss, Muskegon Heights, Mrs. Hugh McMillan, Dalton, and Miss Gertie Collins, Fruitland. Mr. Collins was a member of Dorman Tent No. 457, K. O. T. M. of Dalton. The funeral service will be held at 1:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon from the Grange hall Dalton Township. Burial will be in Fruitland Township cemetery.
11 December 1920, Page 13
The funeral of Herbert Collins was held at 1:30 o’clock this afternoon at the Grange hall in Dalton. Burial was in Fruitland cemetery.
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COLLINS, Increase N.
Whitehall Forum Whitehall, Michigan 2 February 1922 Page 1
Increase N. Collins, one of Fruitland's oldest pioneers, passed away at his home early Monday morning, February 27th. Mr. Collins was over 76 years of age at the time of his death and has for 55 years been a much respected citizen of Fruitland township. Mr. Collins came to Fruitland in 1867 and located on the site of his present home, where he has resided ever since. He was married July 4th 1865 to Miss Celia Lamphear and they lived happily together until death visited her August 28, 1885. He was married again to Mrs. Lydia Lowder on February 14, 1892. He is survived by his wife, one son, Archie of Seattle, Wash., five daughters, Mrs. Roye Erskin of Seattle, Wash., Mrs. Chena Loss of Muskegon Heights, Mrs. Hugh McMellan of Fruitland, Miss Gertrude Collins at home and Mrs. F. E. Johnson of Fruitland, also ten grand children and a host of neighbors and friends by whom he will be greatly missed. Mr. Collins was a member of Dorman Tent No. 457 at Dalton, of which he was a member for over thirty years. Funeral services were conducted yesterday afternoon from the Swedish Mission church. Rev. E. L. Sutherland of the Whitehall Congregational church officiated. Burial was made in the Fruitland West Side cemetery.
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Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 2 March 1922, Page 13
PIONEER OF FRUITLAND IS BURIED WEDNESDAY. Fruitland, March 2.—Increase N. Collins died at his home February 27. Mr. Collins was born in Pennsylvania, Crawford county, February 14, 1846. He came to Fruitland township in the year of 1867 and settled. He was married July 4, 1865 to Miss Celia Lamphea. Mrs. Collins died in 1885. Mr. Collins married again February 14, 1892, to Mrs. Lydia Lowder, who is now left to mourn his loss. He also leaves one son, Archie Collins of Seattle, Washington, and five daughters, Mrs. Roy Erskins of Seattle, Mrs. Chena Loss of Muskegon Heights, Mrs. Hugh McMillon of Fruitland, Miss Gertrude Collins at home, and Mrs. F. E. Johnson of Fruitland; ten grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Mr. Collins was a member of Dorman Tent No. 457 at Dalton for over 30 years. The funeral was held from the Swedish Mission church Wednesday at 2 o’clock, Rev. Sutherland of the Congregational church of Whitehall, officiating. Burial was in the family lot at the West side cemetery, Fruitland.
COLLINS, J.N. MRS.
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 2 September 1885, Page 2
Fruitland. Mrs. Increase Collins, the wife of our township treasurer, was buried Sunday the 3th [30th] inst. She left a family of small children.
Mrs. J. N. Collins, an old resident of Fruitland, died on the 28th. She was buried last Sunday. Rev. Harvey Johnson, of Whitehall, preached a funeral sermon to a large congregation. Over fifty teams followed the remains to the grave. She leaves a husband and seven children to mourn her loss.
COLLINS, LOUIS MITCHELL “BUCKY” JR. MR.
Obituary And Article
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan, 17 May 1986, Page 1A
Family’s search leads to finding of missing man’s body. By LISA MEDENDORP Chronicle staff writer. An Ottawa Indian family – determined to find a missing 25-year-old family member and fearing foul play – used its own resources in a search that ended Friday afternoon with the discovery of a body in Muskegon Township. The body of Louis Mitchell Collins Jr. was identified late Friday night at Muskegon General Hospital by family members. Muskegon Township police now are investigating the death as a probable homicide. Collins, of 268 Irwin in Muskegon, had been missing since Sunday afternoon when he left home in a car to pick up his stepfather at the Mona Civic Center – what should have been a 20-minute trip at most. A MISSING PERSON report was filed earlier this week with the Muskegon Police Department, and Collins’ car was discovered Tuesday in the area of the Smith-Ryerson Playfield on Wood Street. “The family knew Bucky (Collins) wouldn’t just take off,” said Cristie Anderson, a Muskegon private investigator hired Thursday by the family. Mrs. Anderson said she was told by family members that they were not having much luck in getting police interested in actively looking for Collins. “They (family members) felt something was wrong,” she said. “They were upset.” However, Mrs. Anderson had only started to look into the case when Collins’ body was discovered in a sand pit embankment at the end of a two-track road near M-120 and Russell. DAVID WAYNE JAGER, 30, Collins’ first cousin, said about 30 family members have been searching all week for Collins. “We got together and started investigating on our own . . . We’ve been out from sunup to sundown since they found the car,” he said. On Thursday, family members searched the swampy area near
Please see BODY (Page 3A) BODY …Continued from Page 1A. Ryerson Creek where the car was found. John Steinbeck, who works with his sister, Mrs. Anderson, in investigations, said the car had been driven about 300 yards down a footpath east of the playfield and that it looked as if an attempt had been made to drive the car down an embankment. “It got hung up on a log near the swamp,” he said. ON FRIDAY, about eight or nine family members and some friends were searching the area near Russell and M-120, and also in the area of the abandoned Northshore Hospital just outside North Muskegon. “We used a psychic along with our own people who dream and see things in dreams,” said Joseph Genia, the victim’s stepfather. “It was based on that that we came to North Muskegon.” The psychic “told us she saw concrete slabs,” Jager said. “She didn’t specify where. She also saw blueberry-high bushes, but not blueberry bushes, with vines. There was a pipe or pipes in the area. “The old Indian man we talked to said he’d be found shortly and it didn’t look good. We were convinced he was dead.” Muskegon Township Police Sgt. Daniel Jacobsen said the body was “buried in the side of the hill over the embankment” of the sand pit. DONALD SCHRUMPF, Muskegon Township police chief, said Collins was lying face down, buried in about three or four feet of sand. There are a number of pipelines in the area because of oil company tank farms. Bushes, scrub trees and large piles of broken concrete slabs also were present where the body was found. Technicians from the Michigan State Police crime lab arrived from Grand Rapids during the early evening hours and ha difficulty recovering the body. “They were delayed by having to shore up the sand hill,” said Schrumpf. The body actually was discovered about 3:30 p.m. by a friend of the family – a landscaper – and his girlfriend. “He said the ground was sunken and didn’t look right,” said Jager. “She found a piece of cloth and tugged at it. “I WALKED OVER and I dug a little. I found a T-shirt and saw a lot of brown stains on what I could see of it.” Jager said the family searched near where the body was found Thursday night, but was hampered by darkness. Family members went to the nearest police department, North Muskegon, to report finding a body. Jacobsen said an autopsy was to be performed this morning at Muskegon General Hospital. “It has been hard for the family…,” Jager said. “I think the police should have been a little bit more helpful. If a police officer had been missing, they would have been searching all over.” The Muskegon Police Department – where the missing person report was filed – has no written departmental policy on taking reports on missing adults, according to Lt. Alan Ortquist. “We take them on a case-by-case basis,” he said. A 24-hour waiting period often has to elapse before a family is allowed to file an actual report on missing adults. MISSING CHILDREN, however, generate an immediate police department response, Ortquist said. “For youngsters, we take the reports immediately.” Jager said his cousin “was a good person. He loved kids. His fiance, Eva, had five. They planned to be married soon.” His cousin, Jager said, was a quiet man who “would talk a little politics here and there, but mostly kept to himself.” Collins enjoyed working on cars and “was kind of a backyard mechanic,” Jager said. He had been living with his stepfather and his mother, Joyce Genia, at 268 Irwin. POLICE CAN not officially rule Collins’ death a homicide until after the autopsy is performed. If results indicate foul play, Collins’ death would be the third homicide reported this year in Muskegon County. The crime lab remained at the scene late into the night Friday, bringing in portable lights. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Collins’ disappearance is continuing.
18 May 1986, Page 1A
Collins died from bullet, autopsy says. By LISA MEDENDORP Chronicle staff writer. Most authorities Saturday declined to comment about the investigation of the death of 25-year-old Louis Mitchell Collins Jr. of Muskegon. Collins, who had been missing since last Sunday, was found buried in a Muskegon Township sand pit Friday afternoon after his family had searched for him throughout the week. Alan Schneider, chief assistant prosecutor for criminal investigation with the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office, would say only that “the medical examiner indicates the person was shot.” An autopsy was performed Saturday morning at Muskegon General Hospital by Dr. Henry DeLeeuw, Muskegon County medical examiner. “HE DIED OF a single gunshot wound of the left posterior shoulder and neck region,” said DeLeeuw. “The bullet traveled up into the region of the mouth on the right side. “It was a .38 or .45-caliber bullet. It broke his neck and I think he died instantly.” DeLeeuw said the condition of the body was “comparable with being killed five days ago,” although he couldn’t give an exact time of death. “There were no other injuries that we could tell,” he added. He also said he did not believe Collins had been bound in any way. The investigation into Collins’ death – the third homicide this year in Muskegon County – is being handled jointly by the Muskegon Township and Muskegon police departments. A missing person report was taken at the Muskegon Police Department last week. POLICE ARE asking that anyone who might have seen vehicles or heard gunshots in the area of the sand pit near M-120 and Russell last Sunday afternoon contact them. The pit is located at the end of a two-track road across from a fuel tank farm. Collins drove away from his home at 268 Irwin Sunday to pick up his stepfather at the Mona Civic Center and then disappeared, a private detective hired by the family said. The car driven by Collins was found Tuesday near Ryerson Creek, east of Smith-Ryerson playfield on Wood Street in Muskegon. Fearing foul play, Collins’ family members, who are of Ottawa Indian descent, conducted their own investigation. A first cousin, David W. Jager, said family members felt they weren’t getting enough cooperation from the police. TWO PSYCHICS were consulted in the case along with “our people who dream and see things in (Please see COLLINS Page 2A)
COLLINS …Continued from Page 1A. dreams,” said Joseph Genia, Collins’ stepfather. Based on that, Genia said, the area in Muskegon Township just outside of North Muskegon was searched. A friend of the family discovered the body about 3:30 p.m. Friday. Police as yet do not know whether Collins – who was called Bucky by friends and family – was killed at the sand pit or at some other location. Funeral arrangements still are pending, but will be announced later by the Young Funeral Home of Muskegon.
19 May 1986, Page 1B
Police probe slaying. By LISA MEDENDORP Chronicle staff writer. Police were today in the process of interviewing family members and friends of 25-year-old Louis “Bucky” Collins Jr., who was found Friday afternoon shot to death and buried in a Muskegon Township sand pit. Missing since May 11, Collins was found by a search party made up of family and friends, who said they used psychics and Ottawa Indians who dream in deciding where to search. “WE ARE interviewing friends and family who saw him last,” said Sgt. Daniel Jacobsen of the Muskegon Township Police Department. Township police and the Muskegon Police Department are jointly investigating the homicide, the county’s third this year. A missing person report had been filed Tuesday afternoon with the Muskegon Police Department by one of Collins’ sisters. Collins lived at 268 Irwin in Muskegon. Today, Muskegon Police Chief Robert W. Smith countered accusations made by a private investigator and by some family members that his department had done little to investigate Collins’ disappearance. “For simply looking for a missing person, an adult, our people did a tremendous amount of investigation,” the police chief said. “It (the complaint) was being actively worked on right up until and including when the body was discovered in Muskegon Township.” SMITH SAID his department will not take a missing person report on an adult until the person has been missing for 24 hours. “The reason for the delay is that most people show up,” he said. “Most have just decided to do something else and didn’t let family members know.” “Ninety-nine out of 100 turn up later. This is one of those rare ones where there was in fact foul play.” The 1977 blue Pontiac Collins was driving when he left home Sunday was found Tuesday by police in the area of the Smith-Ryerson Playfield, ticketed for 48-hour parking, and later removed to preserve any possible evidence connected with Collins’ disappearance. According to police department supplemental reports, patrol officers began working on the case the day the missing person report was filed. Several Collins family members were interviewed during the week, along with others who had connections with him, Smith said. On Friday, when the body was found, Muskegon police and fire department personnel were searching the Smith-Ryerson area. MUSKEGON COUNTY Medical Examiner Dr. Henry DeLeeuw said Collins likely had been dead for about five days when he was found in the sand pit not far from M-120 and Russell. DeLeeuw said his autopsy showed Collins was shot in the back in the shoulder region and the bullet broke his neck. Collins is survived by his mother and father, Joyce and Joseph Genia, Louis Collins Sr.; three sisters, Christine, Tamara, and Stephanie; two brothers, Gee and Santana; a grandmother, Rose Shalifoe; a grandfather, Robert Collins; his fiance, Eva Martinez; a nephew, Sammy; five aunts and one uncle. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at 1633 Riley-Thompson Rd., although friends and relative are welcome “anytime day or night” until the ceremony, scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday. A rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the Young Funeral Home, 1102 Terrace. Burial will be at Fruitland Cemetery.
COLLINS, MR. LOUIS M., JR. “BUCKY”, 68 Irwin, Muskegon, MI. Bucky, age 25 was born November 9, 1960 in Muskegon, MI. He was a member of Woodland Indians, of Muskegon and the Northern Michigan Ottawa Association. Bucky followed the Native American Religion and believed the Native American Ways. SURVIVORS
Mother and father, Joyce and Joseph Genia, Louis Collins, Sr.; 3 sisters, Christine, Tamara and Stephanie; 2 brothers, Gee and Santana; grandmother, Rose Shalifoe; grandfather, Robert Collins; 1 nephew, Sammy; 5 aunts; 1 uncle; all of the Shalifoe clan. Also Daniel Aker who helped to raise Bucky. Bucky also left his fiance Eva Martinez and her 5 children. ROSARY at 7 p.m. Monday, May 19 at the Young Funeral Home. VISITATION Beginning 11 a.m. Tues., May 20, 1986 at 1633 Riley-Thompson Rd., Muskegon. Friends and relatives are welcome anytime, day and night until the ceremony Wednesday at 11 a.m., May 21, 1986. —Young
COLLINS, Robert W.
Muskegon Chronicle Muskegon, Michigan 18 November 1967 Page 20 R. W. Collins, Once Jeweler, Dies at Age 83 Robert W. Collins, 83, of Roosevelt Park, former owner of a jewelry store in Muskegon Heights for many years, died today at a local convalescent home after a long illness. Mr. Collins, 1300 W. Broadway, was a jeweler in the Heights until 1952 when he retired. He also worked at Motor Specialties for 15 years. He was born June 5, 1884 in New York. He went to Minnesota in 1895 and came to the Muskegon area in 1913. He was married July 8, 1922, to the former Cecelia Lundquist, who died in 1954. He married the former Matilda LaNore, in 1956. She died in 1961. Mr. Collins was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He is survived by three sons, Robert L. of Roosevelt Park, Walter M. Collins of the Heights and another in Winona, Minn.; a daughter, Mrs. Celia Borgula of the Heights; one stepson, Gilbert Green of the Heights; a stepdaughter, Delores Mikos of the Heights; two brothers, both in Winona; a sister in Chicago, 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
COLLINS, Walter M.
The Muskegon Chronicle February 24, 1992 page 5C
COLLINS, MR. WALTER M. Muskegon Heights Mr. Collins, age 79, died yesterday, February 23, 1992. He was born on September 25, 1912 in Winona, MN and married the former Elsie Priest on March 21, 1942. Mr. Collins worked as a machine operator for Teledyne Continental Motors for 30 years until his retirement in 1975. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, VFW Post 3195, a veteran of WWII, and an avid painter. SURVIVORS Wife, Elsie; 5 daughters, Sally (Fred) Hamel, Mary (Ivan) Wilde, Gloria (Gale) Raby, Barbara (Jerry) Woodwyk all of Muskegon, Nancy (William) Raab of Whitehall; 1 brother, Robert (Phyllis) Collins of Muskegon; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. SERVICE The Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Hearth Catholic Church with the Rev. Fr. James Hoogterp as Presider. Interment Mona View Cemetery. VISITATION Tuesday 7-9 p.m. at the Clock Funeral Home. SCRIPTURE SERVICE: Tuesday 7:30 p.m. MEMORIAL: Sacred Heart Catholic Church or American Cancer Society. –Clock Muskegon
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Collins, Woodrow “Chuck”, (Mr.)
Muskegon Chronicle, Muskegon, Michigan Sunday September 16, 2001 page 7D
Chuck Collins, age 59, died Thursday, September 13, 2001, He was born in Kalamazoo to Elmer and Genevieve Collins. He joined the Army and became an M.P. He raised his family in Montague and was an owner of a small Business. After retirement, he moved to Muskegon with his wife, Marcia (Rodgers-Briney) Collins. Chuck loved nature, hunting, fishing and coaching youth football. He was a very patriotic man and was deeply love by his family. Family: His wife, Marcia; 3 sons, Brian (Lynelle) of Grand Rapids, Matthew Charles (Dianna) of Montague, and Patrick (Susan) of Holland; 4 grandchildren, Cadyn, Bryler, Colby, and Harrison; 2 brothers, Howard of Schoolcraft and Norman of Portage; 1 sister Dyan of Mattawan. Service: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 at 1:00 pm at the Montague United Methodist Church with Pastor Tim Boal officiating. There will be a Military Graveside Service under the Auspices of the V.F.W. Post #3256 immediately following at Oakgrove Cemetery . Visitation: Monday, September 17, 2001 from 2 to 4 pm and 6 until 8pm at the Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall. Memorials: The family requests contributions be made to the Salvation Army, Corps and Community Center, 1221 Shonat, Muskegon, MI 49442 or the White Lake Youth Sports Club c/o Doug Straub, 919 S. Mears Ave., Whitehall, MI 49461