In Memory of

Dennis “Russ” Collins

August 6, 1940–August 23, 2017

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About Dennis “Russ” Collins

Dennis “Russ” Collins passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 23th due to complications of Alzheimer’s. Dennis was born August 6th, 1940 in Cleveland, Ohio to Henry and Anna Kolansinski. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he proudly served his country in The United States Marine Corp. Dennis was a dog lover and made furry friends wherever he went. He was the kind of guy who left the gas pump attendant a 5$ tip because he recognized hard work in any form. He was the kind of man who took his grandson for a happy meal and to the park to let him run wild and free. A man who would literally give you the coat off his back if he felt you needed it more than him. He was…special and loved and will be dearly missed. Dennis was preceded in death by his beloved wife Char and is survived by his two children Kimberly and Brian as well as 5 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. A military service will be held in his honor on September 8th, 2017 at 9:30am at the Willamette National Cemetery. Any and all are welcome to attend and pay their respects. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to consider making a donation in his honor to the non profit charity; War Dogs Making It Home, an organization that trains dogs rescued from kill shelters as service animals for veterans suffering from PTSD. Helping Veterans and dogs were two causes very dear to Dennis’s heart.