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Eugene Ole Collins
August 28, 1932 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Eugene Ole Collins August 28, 1932 – February 1, 2024.
He is the son of Warren and Hazel Collins, and enjoyed adventures with his four brothers, Merlyn, Jerold, Ronald and Russell on the farmstead and in the north woods of Bigfork.
Eugene entered the Military Service Feb 27, 1953 and was part of the Korean war. He was extremely proud of his enlistment time and dedicated countless hours to the Bigfork VFW in numerous endeavors and events while being a very proud member of the Honor Guard. Some of his best and most mentioned memories were from these time which included his closest and dearest friends.
He married Margaret Johnson on October 29, 1955 and together they raised three children Kathy (Mike) Gustafson, Tim (Anne) and Debbie (Ernie) White in the Bigfork community. He lost his beloved “Peggy” to cancer in 1984.
Eugene enjoyed a career as an electrician and spent numerous years traveling the backroads providing service to the recreational properties in summer months. When needed, he worked along side family and friends for the local electrical company in severe storm situations for many years. In colder months, he was employed as a Lumberjack and enjoyed evenings visiting friends around a wood heat fire or on the shores of a lake in the summertime. Another pleasure he found was helping his brother in laws Alfred (Bill), Darrell (Skip) and Lester (Tony) Pifher on their farms. From his early morning coffee and card games, Bingo, cribbage at the Over 50 club, to delivering meals on wheels and donating gallons of needed blood, his days were filled while making many new friends in his later life. Always there to help someone in the community, he is missed.
Gene carried the love of his family deepest in his heart and enjoyed his six grandchildren Melanie, ”Boogie”, Clint, Jessi, Rebecca and Randy, eleven great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren to his final days.