Russell Collins

March 3, 1925 - Oct. 4, 2011

Russell C. Collins, 86, of Canton, Ill., passed away at 11:11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at St. Francis Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.

Russell was born March 3, 1925, to Chris and Maggie (Leathers) Collins in Canton. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita and Sharon, and a son, Denny.

He and the former Betty Gilmore were married on Dec. 25, 1945. He was a lifelong resident of Canton. They had four children, Lynn (Jeff) Collins-McCoy, Chris (Christine) Collins, the late Dennis (the late Liz) Collins and Kent Collins.

Also left behind are 12 grandchildren, Tami, John, Mike, Jason, Becky, Cari, Jenny, Amber, Tiffany, Sadie, Sydney and Cooper; 16 great-grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

He was an avid bowler, golfer and card player. He also loved the Cubs and was a Bears fan.

Russ was a member of the Canton Bowling Association, the Canton Bowling Association Hall of Fame and the Canton Sports Hall of Fame. He was active in and loved just about all sports and played semi-pro football.

Russ was an Army Air Corps veteran, serving during World War II. He retired from International Harvester after 38 years in 1981, and helped to build the plow that was displayed at McCormick Place in Chicago.

He was loved dearly by not only his family, but by everyone who knew him. He was truthful and honest and a source of inspiration for the entire family.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, 1601 E. Chestnut St., Canton, with the Rev. Monroe Bailey officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial, with military honors, will be at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Liz Collins Cancer Benefit Fund, c/o MidAmerica National Bank.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home, 309-647-1601, is serving the family. To view his tribute video or to leave online condolences, please visit