Louie D. Collins

Feb. 24, 1935 - Aug. 13, 2008

Louie D. Collins of Waukesha died from pancreatic cancer Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc at age 73. Louie was born Feb. 24, 1935, the son of John and Elva (nee Gulledge) Collins.

He served in the U.S. Army, signal corps division, and married Irmgard Schuessler on May 28, 1960, in Columbus, Ohio. Louie was devoted to his family and church. Louie was a member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church since 1960, where he served on the church counsel and ushered on Sundays. He was always ready and willing to help his children and very generous with his time. He enjoyed woodworking, traveling and vacationing with his family. Louie was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.

Louie is deeply missed and remembered by his wife, Irmgard; two daughters, Chris (Bill) Perez of Deerfield and Judy (Jeff) Rust of Waukesha; three grandchildren, LeeAnn and Kyle Rust and Lydia Perez; and two sisters, Ruby Longshore and Maxine Emery. He is additionally survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Louie was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Evan, Clyde, Othel, Virgus and Olen; and five sisters, Alice Sizemore, Peggy Richardson, Thelma Gentry, Cecil Maxwell and Inez McNew.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. memorial service Monday, Aug. 18, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 700 Beechwood Ave., Waukesha, with Rev. Art Koepsell officiating. Inurnment will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Louie’s name are appreciated to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 700 Beechwood Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, or to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy
And God wept that it hurt you so
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into his likeness you’d grow.
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