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James A. Collins

James A. Collins, 79, passed away February 26, 2015 at home in Roseburg, Ore. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. March 9, 2015 at Roseburg National Cemetery. Mr. Collins was born in 1935 to Blanche and Harry Collins in Ocate, N.M. He was married to Barbara Varga in 1957 in Reno, Nev. who survives.

Mr. Collins served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Korea. Later he trained to be a pilot, commercial pilot, flight instructor, and aircraft mechanic. He then moved to Roseburg and sold tools for 20 years and worked at Bayliner until retirement.

The family will miss him greatly, sharing his hobby of old cars and airplane collections, hunting, fishing, and just enjoying grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They all had a special place in his heart.

Survivors beside his wife include sons, Randy Collins and Rick Collins; sister, Alice Pruitt; grandchildren, Stacey Collins, Rory Collins, Corey Huffman, Amy Zerback, Shauna Collins, and Brent Collins; 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Steven Collins October 29, 2014; parents, Blanche and Harry Collins; brothers, Wade and Earl Collins; and sisters, Rosie Gibson, Ruth Coppage, and Zola Dykes.

The family would like to thank the Roseburg VA Healthcare System and Mercy Hospital for all the kind and special care Jim received at his many hospital needs. Please visit Jim's website at www.wilsonschapeloftherosesfh.com to leave condolences and sign the online guest book. Wilson Chapel of the roses is in charge of arrangements.

James A. Collins