Myron Collins, age 91, of Live Oak, Fla. passed away peacefully following a brief illness on July 28, 2016.
He was predeceased by his parents; his two younger brothers, Max and Howard "Rip" Collins; his wife of 52 years, Mary Frazier Collins; and his daughter, Cathy Barker. He is survived by his son, Steve and his wife Kathy of Live Oak, Fla.; his son-in-law, Bill Barker of Union Grove, Al.; five grandchildren, Amanda Futterleib and her husband David of Simsbury, Ct., Laurie Collins of Live Oak, Fla., Beau Barker and his wife Cheri of Somerville, Al., Adam Barker and his wife Kellie of Beverly, Ma., and Kelly Collins of Charleston, Sc.; and two great-grandchildren, Max and Lily Futterleib.
Born on September 15, 1924 in Salem, In., Myron Collins was the eldest child of Debron and Mabel Collins. He graduated from Salem High School in 1942 and proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the US Army in the European Theater. He married Mary Frazier in 1948 and raised his family in Valley Station, Ky. He retired from DuPont Chemical after 34 years as a maintenance supervisor and retired to Live Oak, Fla. where he enjoyed more than 25 years of retirement with Mary.
During his time in Live Oak, Myron was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church where he was active in many church ministries. He also was a Live Oak Museum volunteer, and a member of the Live Oak Artist Guild, Bridge Club, the Suwannee County Bass Masters, and a frequent volunteer at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center.
Perhaps what we will remember most about our loving and caring father and grandfather was his passion for the outdoors - especially catching big fish. Myron was an avid sportsman from the time he was a young boy in Salem, and he loved to regale his family and friends with his favorite fishing stories. He passed on his love for the outdoors to his children and grandchildren whom he taught both to fish and tell the tales that go hand-in-hand with such a pastime.
Myron was a caring man always attending to the needs of others, especially those of his family and friends. He considered his time on earth wonderfully blessed; his life is one to be celebrated and his memory cherished.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St Luke's Outreach Programs or to the charity of your choice.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17 at St. Luke's with internment on the grounds followed by a luncheon in the parish hall.
Harris Funeral Home & Cremations, Inc., Live Oak, 386-364-5115, is in charge of all arrangements.
Published on August 2, 2016