Don, also known as “Buck”, was born on March 16, 1944, in Middlesboro, KY, to Mirl and Sarah Angie, nee Mason, Collingsworth. He was a coal miner retired from Peabody Coal Company, where he had worked for more than 30 years. An avid fisherman and hunter, Don was a member of the Freeburg Sportsman’s Club and Freeburg Masonic Lodge 418. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was preceded in death by a son, Donald W. Collingsworth Jr., in infancy; his parents; four brothers, James York, Charles Collingsworth, Wayne Collingsworth, and Joe Collingsworth; and a sister, Merle Ruth Hancher.
Surviving are the love of his life, Brigitte, nee Kirchner, Collingsworth, whom he married on April 13, 1967, in Germany;
his loving daughter, Theresa (Ed) Schanz of Belleville, IL;
his loving son, Dennis (Sarah) Collingsworth of Red Bud, IL;
his brothers, Jack Collingsworth of Middlesboro, KY,
and Bill (Linda) Collingsworth of Tazewell, TN;
numerous sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews;
many wonderful friends;
and his furry companion, Charlie.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Funeral: At Mr. Collingsworth’s request, no services will be held.
So sorry for your loss. Life is just a fleating moment but memories last forever
Debbie Morber, Belleville, Illinois, 63220
Gitty, sorry to hear of your lost. It was 49 years ago that I met Collie and his friendship was never forgotten.
charles reynolds, rock hill, South Carolina, 29732
We send our heartfelt sympathy at this difficult time. Don was an awesome guy, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The Hettenhausens
Dan & Rosanne Hettenhausen, Freeburg, Il, 62243
Dad..I love you and miss you but you will forever live in our hearts and souls..I am so lucky to have had the years we had and the bound we share that is unbreakable! Xoxo<3
theresa schanz/ Ed schanz, Belleville, Illinois, 62221
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
David, Dionne Gerfen & Family, Freeburg, IL, 62243
We have always considered ourselves blessed due to the fact of being able to share the memories of experiences and stories past history with Dandy Don as a part of our lives….
Jay and Linda KRIEG, Freeburg, IL, 62243