Elzior W. “Buck” Collins, Jr., age 96, of L’Anse, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at DJ Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Marquette. He was born in L’Anse, MI. on May 4, 1921, the son of the late Elzior W. and Margaret Irene (Picard) Collins, Sr. Buck graduated from L’Anse High School in 1940. He had served in the United States Navy during WWII in the Pacific and European Theaters. Buck married the former Theresa Ludin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1951. She preceded him in death on February 28, 1979. He had been employed in the mining industry as a laborer until his retirement. Buck was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the L’Anse American Legion Post #144 and the L’Anse VFW #3897. He enjoyed playing cribbage, pinochle, hunting, fishing, trapping and watching the Detroit Tigers. Buck loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Buck is survived by his loving children, Diane (Ted) Kubit of North Carolina, Colleen (Charles) Fisher of Skanee, David (Judy) Collins of L’Anse, Frank (Cheryl) Collins of L’Anse, Kathy (Dennis) Thompson of Arizona, Tom (Shanel) Collins of L’Anse and Jim (Danielle) Collins of L’Anse, 23 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, sisters Laverne Perrault, Mary Spresser, and brothers Lamar and Louis Robillard.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, September 1, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, L’Anse with Father Corey Litzner, Celebrant. The family will greet friends on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the Reid Funeral Service and Chapel, L’Anse from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. . Baraga County area veterans, under the direction of the Baraga American Legion Post #444 will conduct military honors at the funeral chapel Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
A luncheon will be held immediately following Mass on Friday in the church hall and interment will take place in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery.