Charles Robert Collier, 93, Pierceton, passed away at 8:20 a.m. April 22, 2014, sitting in his favorite chair at his residence.
He was born March 7, 1921, in Pierceton to Treve F. and Eileen Miller Collier. On Feb. 14, 1946, in Warsaw he married Valda Vere Fruit Collier, who survives in Pierceton.
He was a lifetime resident of Kosciusko County and a 1940 graduate of Pierceton High School. He was a fireman on a steam locomotive for Penn Central Railroad, until he joined the U.S. Army 8th Air Corp and fought in the Philippines during World War II for 26 months.
After the war he drove truck for Murphy Trucking Company, hauling eggs to New York until he started Collier Oil Company just outside Pierceton in 1956. He and Valda ran the company for 35 years until its closing in 1991. He drove a school bus for Pierceton/Whitko schools for 17 years and he was co-owner of Collier Excavating, and he also farmed with his son, Mark Collier, until his death.
He was a 67-year-member of Post #258 in Pierceton, where he was the past commander as well as the oldest living member. He was also a member of the 40/8, and a 72-year gold member of the Masonic Lodge #377, Pierceton, past patron of Order of Eastern Star Chapter #56 in Pierceton, longtime member of the Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shriners of Fort Wayne, and he was a member of the Pierceton Presbyterian Church. He always showed great compassion for his friends, family and his country.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Valda; five sons: James (and spouse Linda) and Lew (and spouse Terri) Collier, all of Warsaw; Chuck (and spouse Lise) and Tim (and spouse Deborah) Collier, all of Pierceton; and Mark Collier, Sidney; three daughters: Sharon (and spouse Harold) Lehman, Pierceton; Colleen (and spouse Mike) Trueblood, North Manchester; and Marsha (and spouse Greg) Holmes, Angola; 26 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Marion; a sister, Martha; and a daughter-in-law, Pam.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw, with Pastor Billy Smith officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton.
Calling is from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m. conducted by the Pierceton Masonic Lodge #377, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials to Pierceton American Legion Post #258, P.O. Box 535, Pierceton, IN 46562, or to Kosciusko Home Care & Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196.
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