Henry ‘Hank’ Jessie Collins, Jr.

GALIEN — Henry “Hank” Jessie Collins, Jr., 77, of Galien, passed away peacefully, October 30, 2017, while a patient at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.

Hank was born on August 28, 1940, in Norton, Virginia; the son of Henry Sr. and Daisy (Bell) Collins.

Hank enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1959 and worked in long range radar at Calumet Air Force Station at Gratiot Lake, Michigan. While there he met Carole Kezele, who was out with friends at a local pizza parlor. A romance began that continued until his death.

Hank and Carole were married on July 7, 1962 in Mohawk. While his children were growing, Hank was active in PTA, little league and girls softball. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling and gardening and is remembered as having a green thumb.

Hank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carole of Galien; daughter, Pam Collins of Dyer, Indiana; and son, Jeff Collins of Galien; a sister, Elizabeth Norfleet of Melbourne, Kentucky; and a host of nieces, a nephew, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Virginia Hawk.

Hank will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Family and friends will gather on Friday, November 3, 2017. from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, 106 Ash Street East, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128. A prayer service led by Fr. Don Suberlak and assisted by Fr. Vanathaiyan Savarimuthu of St Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church in Three Oaks will be held immediately following the gathering.

The family prefers contributions be made in Hank’s memory to St Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Pobocik Chapel Wagner Family Funerals, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128.

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