Willard Collins Jr., 74

Willard L. "Wild Bill" Collins, Jr. 74, of Somerset, died at 4:30 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, at his home.

He was born July 2, 1945, in Huntington, to Willard L. Collins, Sr. and Geneva (Miller) Wire.

Bill married Kay Twigg in Swayzee on Nov. 14, 2003. He retired from Fisher Body in Marion where he had worked in machine repair, and also worked at Wabash Paper Coating 26 years. He was a member of the UAW and Wabash Gun Club.

He enjoyed showing his antique car, hunting, fishing, golfing, and was an avid NASCAR fan. He was also a scuba diver. 

He is survived by his wife, Kay Twigg-Collins of Somerset, five children, Brenda (Rick) Tyson of Wabash, Teresa (Donald) Goodwin of Texas City, TX, Willard C. "Bill" (Ruth) Collins, III of Peru, Nanetta (Tony) Wilson of Gas City, Wendell Grissell of Upland, and David Grissell of Converse; 17 grandchildren, Jana Champagne, Christina Touchstone, Stephanie Haecker, Donald Goodwin, Jr., Rick Tyson, Jr, Andrew Goodwin, Mikel Collins, Bryce Collins, Chase Collins, Lane Collins, Taylor Collins, Abby Touchstone, Shalee Adams, Dillon Grissell, David Grissell Jr., Travis Wilson, and Tiffany Burdette; and 19 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his step-sister, Judy Bever.

A memorial service will be 4 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 12, at Wabash Friends Church, 3563 S. State Road 13, Wabash, with David Phillips officiating. Family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. at the church.  Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash is in charge of arrangements.

Preferred memorial is Parkview Cancer Institute Financial Navigators, 11050 Parkview Circle, Fort Wayne IN 46845.

The memorial guest book for Bill may be signed at

Posted on 2019 Sep 10