URBANA – Charles "Chuck" Collins Sr., 82, of Urbana died at 6:11 a.m. Tuesday (May 5, 2015) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 9, at Grace United Methodist Church, Urbana. The Rev. Michael Smith will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, at Renner-Wikoff Chapel & Crematory, 1900 S. Philo Road, Urbana. Burial will be held at Mount Olive Cemetery, Mayview, at a later date.
Chuck was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Springfield, the son of Clifford and Manzie (Phillips) Collins Sr. He married Dorothy Blue on Oct. 27, 1954, in Danville. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy of Urbana; daughters, Karen Stephen (Mike) of Urbana and Teresa Czebatul (Bernie) of North Carolina; a son, Chuck Collins Jr. of Urbana; brothers, Tom Collins (Lois) of Springfield and Phil Collins (Phyllis) of Florida; a sister, Margie Jones (Dale) of Florida; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, Bob and Cliff Jr.; and a sister, Doris Scott.
Chuck is a graduate of Danville High School and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He came from Danville to become a dealer for Clark Oil which later became Collins Oil. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Urbana, and the Urbana Masonic Lodge No. 157 where he is a 50-year member. He enjoyed camping, the outdoors, traveling and above all, his family.