Gail Laverne Collins was born on June 5, 1932 to Francis and Verna Collins in Sodus Michigan.
He is survived by his wife Betty (Jasicki) Collins and 3 daughters, Lorie (Rick) Scobey of Laporte, Linda (Dave) Collins of Bristol and Leslie (Dan) Hawrysz of Houston. He also has 3 grandchildren, Natalie (Matt) Jesko and Evan and Allison Hawrysz along with 2 great grand children, Saydee and Samantha Jesko. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 brothers, Gary, John and Joseph Collins and 2 sisters, Janice Merrill and Jennifer Collins.
He attended a one-room schoolhouse for his early education and graduated from Benton Harbor High School. He went on to trade school and worked hard to become a master plumber. He worked most of his years with Delco Plumbing and Heating and felt great pride in the many schools, malls, factories, stores and even the Franklin Street fountains where he installed the plumbing.
He met the love of his life, Betty in 1952. Gail was drafted into the army and sent to Korea soon after. When he returned, they married on October 29, 1955. Gail enjoyed taking road trip vacations, going to the Hesston Steam Show, and loved fishing and gardening. He always liked music but enjoyed listening to a big variety even more so in the last few years. His brother-in-law, Mike Jasicki was one of his favorite fishing, hunting and horseshoe companions. Gail was a great son, husband, father and friend to all. He gladly spent many nights and weekends plumbing for friends and family and was happy to take a slice of pie for his efforts. He will be missed by many.
The family would like to thank everyone at Trail Creek Place for their exceptional care for Gail during his stay.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Michigan City Humane Society or the Hesston Steam Museum in his name. There may be a service planned at a later date. The Ott/Haverstock Funeral Chapel, Michigan City, IN is handling arrangements.