Raymond Collins

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Raymond Collins, 69, of Pleasant Plains, IL, born March 12, 1952, in St. Louis, MO, died Sunday, September 5, 2021, at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, IL.

Mr. Collins held a master’s degree in library science and worked in the reference library of the Illinois State Library. He was an avid reader and talented writer. He enjoyed bird watching and spending time with his feline companions.

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, William and Doris, nee Simpson, Collins; a brother, John Collins; a brother-in-law, Ron Wells; a sister-in-law, Ulrike Collins; dear aunts and uncles; and his cats, Edwina, Rupert, Rutherford, Beauregard, and Balthazar.

Surviving are eight siblings, David (Sue) Collins and Cathleen (Mark) Wesemann, both of Belleville, IL, Donald Collins of Rimrock, AZ, Richard Collins of Alton, IL,  Carol Wells of Douglass, TX, Cheryl Collins of Bloomington, IL, Bryan Collins of East Alton, IL, and Barry Collins of Germany;
nieces and nephews, David (Stacy) Collins of Freeburg, IL, Andrew Collins of Austin, TX, Rachel Frobel of Fairview Heights, IL, Michael Collins and Joseph Collins both of Tempe, AZ, Steven Collins of Peoria, AZ, Sabrina Collins and Vernard (Carolina) Miles, both of Albuquerque, NM, Christopher Collins and Katharina Collins of Germany, Brittany Collins of New Baden, IL;
great-nieces and great-nephews, Abigail Collins, Adelaide and Asher Collins, Jax Frobel, Isabella Collins, Issiah, Sianna and Aryana Chavez, and Thomas and Victoria Miles.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Animal Protective League of Springfield. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, September 9, 2021, and from 12 to 1 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and social distancing, will be observed.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Green Mount Protestant Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


12 Comments on Raymond Collins

Gary & Kathy said : Guest Report Sep 21, 2021 at 10:52 AM

Sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. Raymond was a great neighbor and always stopped to chat. We Catsat for his cats one time for his vacation and he brought us both hats :-) Still have and use them. Rest well Raymond, we will miss you.

  • Pleasant Plains
  • IL
Alyce said : Guest Report Sep 14, 2021 at 6:29 AM

Raymond was a sweet and gentle soul. We worked together for many years at the Illinois State Library. We were not only colleagues, but friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor, loved his family and friends, and his dear kitties. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • LaSalle
  • Illinois
Barbara Beam said : Guest Report Sep 13, 2021 at 10:00 PM

I was sad to learn of Ray’s passing. We were colleagues at ISL and I adopted one of my kitties from him. My condolences to his family and friends.

  • Springfield
  • IL
Anne Craig said : Guest Report Sep 13, 2021 at 3:25 PM

Ray and I started the same day at the ISL. He was a good friend to me always; I’m so very sad he’s gone. My condolences to his family. He was a dear man.

  • Savoy
  • Illinois
Debbie Choate said : Guest Report Sep 12, 2021 at 12:26 PM

So sorry to hear of Raymonds passing. We worked and car pooled together. My condolences to family and friends

  • Kinciad
  • IL
Ben Pritchard said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2021 at 3:54 PM

I am very sorry to hear that Raymond has gone ahead. My condolences to his family. He was a kind man & a good neighbor. In one of our last conversations I told him how many cats I had. He said, "I think you might love cats more than I do!"... and he definitely loved them. Farewell from your neighbor Raymond...

  • Pleasant Plains
  • IL
Connie E Frankenfeld said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2021 at 2:49 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Raymond was a colleague at the State Library and truly a friend. We spent time talking about library requests, but much more time talking about books and birds.

  • Springfield
  • IL
Mike Huber said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2021 at 10:12 AM

Sorry to hear about Raymond's passing. My condolences.

  • Pleasant Plains
  • IL
Kathleen Corrigan said : Guest Report Sep 09, 2021 at 2:26 AM

So sorry to hear of Raymond. worked with him at ISL He was very knowledgeable

  • Spfld
  • Illinois
Laura Frizol De Leon said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2021 at 7:43 PM

I am so very sorry to hear of Raymond’s passing. I had the privilege of working with him for many years at the Illinois State Library. I was lucky enough to call him friend. He was a kind heart who loved his family and kitties. May you RIP Raymond.

  • Woodbridge
  • Virginia
Jim Ladd said : Guest Report Sep 08, 2021 at 3:27 PM

I am very sad to hear of Raymond's passing. He was a great colleague at the library and so knowledgeable about many things in life. I will miss him.

  • Springfield
  • IL
Jim and Susie Stranz said : Guest Report Sep 07, 2021 at 2:26 PM

Very very sorry to hear this about Raymond. Our sympathies go to each of you dear cousins. We will keep you in our prayers.

  • LakeOzark
  • MO

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