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Michael Eugene Collins

Michael Eugene Collins

Michael Eugene Collins, 63, of Elkville, IL; born on June 7, 1957 in Cairo, IL; passed away on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Michael was an avid fisherman, a father, and a member of the Local 318 Operating Engineers.  Also, he was a local socialite legend.  His exploits and stories are legendary.  He was also a master chef (according to him) that excelled on the BBQ grill.

He was preceded in death by his Father – Claude Collins and Brother – Robert Von Collins.

He is survived by his loving mother – Alice Bernice (Bardo) Collins of Springfield, IL. Four Children – Jeremy Michael (Kari) Collins of Carbondale, IL, Amy Beth (Jimmy) Moss of O’Fallon, IL, Shelly Marie Collins of St. Louis, MO and Maci Elyse Collins of DuQuoin, IL.  Grandchildren – Tamara Martinez, Levonte Johnson, Sierra Johnson, Ayda Collins, Kingston Collins, Cash Collins, Gauge Collins, Jayla Moss, and Amaya Moss.  Sister – Marie (Willie) Hervey of Springfield, IL; Other relatives and friends.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Visitation: Friends and family may attend Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Funeral: Private services will be held at Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL on Saturday, March 27, 2021 with Ron Waltrip and Keith Anderson officiating.

Interment: Private committal services will be held at Caledonia Cemetery in Sparta, IL.

Heil-Schuessler & Sinn Funeral Home in Sparta, IL is in charge of arrangements

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  1. Janice Lynn Collins says:

    I’m going to miss you cuz much love to the rest of the family……Katty

  2. Brian Taylor says:

    I have nothing but fond memories of Mike. He instantly treated me as if we’ve known each other forever. I will miss his unmistakable laugh.
    Rest well!

  3. Ruthie (Orr) Anglin says:

    Mike was one of my classmates. So loved by all. So sorry God took him so early. Love you my friend. Prayers for the family and BUG hugs. 😢🙏🏻❤️

    Ruthie (Orr) Anglin

  4. Kelly Penny says:

    There just aren’t very many people you meet in this life like Mike. He was a genuine person and when he told you something, you could be sure it was so. The stories of his antic’s would fill volumes of books, and the love he showed to everyone around him, especially his family, is something this world needs more of. He was a wonderful person and a man of many laughs. He will be greatly missed and thought of often.

  5. Marsha & Bill Schwartz says:

    Prayers and Sympathy to all the family! Mike was a good friend most all my life. We went through school together and remained friends. I’ll miss that text every once in awhile and calling me Darlin!! He will be missed and was a great friend to many! RIP my dearest friend!

  6. Brandi says:

    He talked about you all the time Linda. He really loved and appreciated you. I have heard lots of stories lol.

  7. Michael Morgan says:

    RIP Mike. Wasn’t a person he didn’t know Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. You will be missed. Mike Morgan Milton Beckley and the whole Morgan family.

  8. The Kelletts says:

    Our prayers are with the family. Mike was truly a great friend and will be missed.

  9. Mark Ross says:

    I first met mike in the early 2000’s we worked several jobs together over the years and did a lot of fishing together he never met a stranger he had a special way to turn a bad day into a good day he would trash talk you and never ment anything by it he was a good friend good union brother an all around good guy rest easy my friend we will see each other again someday

  10. Brandi Pearl says:

    11 years wasnt long enough. Love him always. Sorry for your loss to the family. I will miss him always.

  11. Perry Brooks says:

    R.I.P. Mike,Gone to soon bro,say hey to Rob and Todd for me, Prayers to the Collins family!

  12. Linda Boston says:

    To the family of Mike. Sending prayers for you and yr loving family. Mike and I been friends for our entire life. He was a wonderful friend! Always smiling whenever he was around his friends. He never met a stranger. Mike was Loved by all! He will be terribly missed. God Bless you my dearest friend! 💚💔
    Linda Boston
    Quincy, IL

    • Michael L Morgan Greenville S C says:

      R.I.P. to my very good friend and buddy. He never met a person he didn’t know. You’re already missed buddy. You’re friends !! Mike Morgan and Milton Beckley and all the Morgan family.

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