Vern Collins, 91 of Phoenix, Ore., passed away Monday, September 9, 2013, at his home. He was born to Robert and Rena (Meyer) Collins in Fowler, Colo., August 9, 1922.

Vern moved to the Rogue Valley from Colorado in 1945 after serving in WWII in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed gold and baseball. During the 1948-1974 softball seasons, he held the record of 700-85 with 30 no hitters. He is in the Softball Hall of Fame for the 103 MPH pitch.

He is survived by his daughters, Candace Collins, of Phoenix, Ore., and Patricia Collins-Pierson of Medford, Ore; a son, Tim Collins of Boise, Idaho; brother, Walter "Cork" Collins, of Brookings, Ore.; sister, Ila Fels, of Brookings, Ore; stepdaughters, Shelley Buhrman, of Central Point, Ore., and Jeannie Mielke, of Ft. Jones, Calif.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Vern was preceded in death by his first wife, Georgie (Hemple) Collins; and his second wife, Virginia A. (Brown) Collins.

A graveside service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2013, at Memory Gardens Memorial Park, 1395 Arnold Lane, Medford, OR. Please make memorial contributions to the Humane Society or the American Lung Association. Please visit

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