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Walter Emmett Collins

November 19, 1930 January 19, 2019
Walter Emmett Collins
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Obituary for Walter Emmett Collins

Dr. Walter Emmett Collins died at his home in Grand Ledge, Michigan on January 19, 2019 of natural causes. He was 88.
Walter was born on November 19, 1930 in Milford, New York to George and Julia Collins. He was the oldest of 4 brothers which included Loren, Robert and Fred. His beloved mother Julia passed when he was a freshman at Delhi Tech in Delhi, N.Y. and Walt grew to love a new (step)mom when George married Norma Carr Leonard in 1950. (along with step-sisters Alicia and Rita)
Walter met his wife of 66 years, Beverly J. Trask at Delhi Tech and they married in 1952 right before heading to Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas. They served in the Air Force until 1956. Bev devoted her life to helping Walter and raising their 3 children.
Walt’s Education: Sidney High School (1948) Delhi Tech (1950), Cornell – DVM (1961)
Walt had his own practice in Veterinary Medicine and launched the first Vet Tech program at SUNY, Delhi and taught as a professor. Walter is known as the Father of Veterinary Technology. He then became the director of the Animal Medical Technology Program at Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas. They moved to East Lansing, MI in 1977 where Walter finished his career at Michigan State University as an associate professor and coordinator of the Vet Tech Program.
After his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Walter pursued these passions in his life: Veterinary Technology, gardening, and, he loved being on his computer! Walter was a member of Lake Lansing Baptist Church and served as a deacon there.
Walt is survived by his wife Beverly, children: Mark b.1962 (Brenda), Heidi b.1964 (John) and Lawrence James b.1967; grandchildren: Jessica Fox, Amanda Tarver (Matt), Brent Collins (Kim), Taylor Larson (Michael), Abigail Mays (Wesley), Autumn Collins and Lucas Collins; great-grandchildren: Braxton Tarver, Hudson Fox, Kale Collins, Baylor Tarver, Breslyn Mays and Grayson Larson; 2 brothers: Loren J. Collins of Tampa, FLA and Robert Collins of Maine; 2 step-sisters: Dr. Alicia Pagano of Unadilla, NY and Rita Mott of Masonville, N.Y.; sister-in-law Ellen Trask (Keith), NC, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Fred.
A memorial service for Walter will be held at South Church, 5250 Cornerstone Dr, Lansing, MI 48917 on Thursday, January 24 at 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Doug Phillips officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. The family is being served by the Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. Online condolences may be shared at www.petersandmurrayfuneralhome.com


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Visitation

Thursday

24

Jan

10:00 AM 1/24/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 1/24/2019 11:00:00 AM
South Church

5250 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

South Church
5250 Cornerstone Drive Lansing 48917 MI
United States

Service

Thursday

24

Jan

11:00 AM 1/24/2019 11:00:00 AM
South Church

5250 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

South Church
5250 Cornerstone Drive Lansing 48917 MI
United States
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