Elmer “Bill” Collins, 99

Elmer “Bill” Collins, 99, of Marshalltown, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at the Iowa River Hospice Home in Marshalltown.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home in Marshalltown. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at 10:00 a.m. also at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family. For more information or to send a condolence please visit www.mitchellfh.com or call (641)844-1234. Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for Bill and his family.

Bill Collins was born on August 4, 1914 to Elmer and “Mom” Collins. Bill graduated in 1962, getting his degree in electrical engineering. Bill pioneered cable television in Florida. Bill also loved to pilot airplanes. Upon retirement, Bill moved back to Marshalltown. Bill loved to garden and his favorite was tomatoes. He also loved to go on walks and was a Civil War buff.

Left to cherish his memory are his son, Gary (Susan) Collins, nine grandchildren, seventeen great- grandchildren and seven great great grandchildren.

Bill is preceded in death by his wives, Gladis and Alice; his parents; and children, Lurlin Collins and Janet Nason.