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Donald Leon Collins, 93, Kokomo and Winter Haven, Florida, crossed peacefully into Glory at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, from his daughter's home in Fishers. Donald was born Jan. 24, 1924, to Clarence and Lelie (Alexander) Collins in Kokomo, the fourth and youngest son born. His brothers, Ralph and William preceded him in death, with brother Everett Collins of Kokomo surviving.
He graduated from Kokomo High School in 1942 and graduated General Motors Institute, Flint, Michigan, receiving a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering after his service in the Army Air Corps during World War II. On July, 31 1946, he married the former Lucille Templeton of Hamilton, Alabama, and they celebrated 64 years of marriage prior to her passing in April of 2011.
Donald worked for Delco Electronics, serving as director of work standards and later director of transportation, responsible for contracting and logistics in Asia and North America, supplying Delco's sub-assembly and assembly operations. Prior to retirement, Donald oversaw set up of foreign trade zones for General Motors' first "maquiladoras" or cross-border warehousing/assembly operations in El Paso, Texas, and McAllen, Texas. Upon retirement from Delco, Donald opened Donald L. Collins Associates, as a trade consultant and advised and set up trade zones for Subaru America in Lafayette and numerous airports and corporations throughout North America.
Donald served on boards for the United Way, YMCA and Carefree Country Club in Florida. He was an active member of New Life Church, also serving on the board and active member at Impact Church, Lake Wales, Florida. He enjoyed architecture/design, having designed and built his home on South Webster in Kokomo. He was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling, southern gospel music, gardening, attending auctions and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Donald was known for his kindness, fairness and easy-going nature, but was quite passionate about property rights and city planning.
Donald's children are Judith Collins Cardwell (1947 - 1995), Joyce Mayes Bartels, Fishers, and James Donald Collins, Miami, Florida; grandchildren, Christopher Cardwell, Indianapolis, Geoff Cardwell, Merrillville, Jennifer Mayes, Dallas, Texas, Jonathan Mayes, Indianapolis, Jason Mayes, Stillwater, Oklahoma, Joseph Mayes, Indianapolis, Jeffrey Mayes, Boston, Massachusetts, Joel Mayes and Joanna Mayes, Indianapolis, Ethan Collins, Pompano Beach, Florida, Louisa Collins and Pierce Collins, BocaRaton, Florida; 10 great-grandchildren; and 15 nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at New Life Church, 1803 E. Vaile Ave., Kokomo, with visitation preceding at noon. Don's Pastors Randy Blankenship and Don Gifford will preside. Burial will follow at Albright Cemetery in Kokomo.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or New Life Missions. Those wishing to sign Don's guestbook may do so at www.ellersmortuarywebster.com.
Published on March 2, 2017
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