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Dwain Leon Collins

February 27, 1933 ~ May 13, 2019 (age 86)

Dwain Leon "Rip" Collins, 86, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan passed away peacefully on Monday, May 13, 2019 at Shore Point Rehabilitation in St. Clair Shores.

He was born on February 27, 1933 in Rochester, New York, a son of the late George and Ellen (Kingsley) Collins. He attended Saints Cosmos and Damian High School and the University of Detroit, and served in the United States Air Force. After returning to Punxsutawney, he married the former Mary Ella Hollopeter. She preceded him in death on January 15, 2017.

Dwain worked for many years as a steel buyer/raw material purchaser for General Motors and Volkswagen.

Dwain enjoyed watching football, baseball and hockey, both live and on television. His favorite teams were the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the Detroit Tigers, and the Detroit Red Wings. In addition, he was very proud of his grandchildren and loved talking to them about school, sports, music, and other activities. 

He and his wife Mary Ella were the proud parents of seven children, six of which survive them; three daughters, Linda (David) Stroshein, Deborah (Jerry) Smith, and Kathy (Joseph Giglia) Collins; three sons, Richard (Phyllis) Stiles, Michael (Denise) Collins, and Terry (Jessie) Collins, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he is preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Stiles and also by his brother, Gerald Patrick Collins.

Friends and family will be received from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at Shumaker Funeral Home in Punxsutawney.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Saints Cosmas & Damian Catholic Church, celebrated by Monsignor Joseph Riccardo.

Interment will follow at McClure Cemetery in Big Run.

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