Lloyd Dale Collins Sr, 79, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at his home in Peotone. Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home in Peotone. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. from the funeral home, Pastor Zach Grell officiating. Interment will follow at Peotone Cemetery. Memorials to the Peotone American Legion Post 392 would be appreciated. Pallbearers will be Rachel Russell, Stacey Kosloskus, Tucker Collins, Liesl Voges, Noelle Voges, Blake Ashley, Clayton Ashley, Patrick Miesuk, and Sam Love.
Lloyd was born on June 15, 1933 in Chicago, the son of the late Kenneth and Dorothy (McVicker) Collins. He joined the Navy and was stationed on the USS Ross (DD563) during the Korean War. He was a machine operator in the Navy and moved those skills to Cardox in Monee and Bennett Industries in Peotone before opening his own business, Peotone Machine Company which he owned and operated until his retirement.
The Peotone Machine Company on Corning Avenue was a fixture in Peotone for more than 50 years. It supported causes throughout the town, from local sports teams to assisting local churches and other organizations, where Lloyd would provide his time and resources. Lloyd was dedicated to Peotone. He served as a Peotone Village Trustee and chairman of the police committee. He was a local Republican Precinct Committeeman as well as representing Peotone on the Will County Board. He was a lifetime member and past commander of the Peotone American Legion Post 392. Lloyd was one of the founding members of the Peotone Quarterback Club (Peotone Booster Club) and the club's first president. He was a member of the Peotone Masonic Lodge and was formerly active in the Kiwanis. He enjoyed hunting, gun collecting, swimming, music and was an avid plant lover.
Lloyd is survived by his wife, Nadine (Groves) Collins who he married on November 9, 1955 in Monee. He is also survived by 5 children; Lloyd (Jeri) Collins Jr. of Peotone, Linda (Dick) Barten of Manhattan, Linnea (Roger) Ashley of Atlanta, GA, Leslie (Kent) Voges of Odessa, FL, and Pam McTernan of Monee; 10 Grandchildren, Tucker Collins, Rachel Russell, Stacey Kosloskus, Blake Ashley, Lena Ashley, Clayton Ashley, Liesl Voges, Noelle Voges, Madeline Voges, and Charlie McTernan; 4 great-grandchildren, Deacon, Gage, Abbey and Reagan; and a brother, Richard (Judy) Collins of Crete.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty Cann; and a granddaughter, Abigail Barten.