He worked for 26 years at General Motors in Elyria. Jim enjoyed playing cards, gardening, working on his cars and watching TV, especially Western movies. He was a proud Army veteran having served in Company B during the Korean Conflict and was a life member of VFW Post 1079 in Elyria.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James and Cora Collins; one sister Ruth, and two brothers, Richard and Raymond.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth (nee Baldwin); daughter, Melissa; sons, James A. of Texas and Martin W. (Sue) of Lakewood; step daughter, Valerie Gaitan (nee Heffley) (Edward); grandchildren, Cassie Stephens, Rachael Malloy, Lisa Collins, Hayden Collins and Austin Gaitan; and one great grandson, Benjamin Stephens; he is also survived by his brothers, John and Joseph Collins; sister, Mary Garrett and many nieces and nephews; along with his good friend, John Malloy.
A Memorial Gathering will be held at the Wyers-Bollinger Funeral Chapel, 2900 N. Ridge Rd., Sheffield Township, Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 11A.M. to 12 Noon at which time there will be a military service conducted by the members of VFW Post 1079. Jim’s urn will be placed in the columbaria at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations be made to the Wounded Warriors in Jim’s name.