Leo F. Collier
MOUNT VERNON — Leo F. Collier, 91, a resident of Summerville at HillenVale in Mount Vernon, passed away on Friday evening, May 2, 2008, at Knox Community Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
Leo was born April 16, 1917, in Norwich, Chenango County, N.Y., a son of the late Eugene P. and Julia (Farrell) Collier. Leo was a graduate of Norwich High School in Norwich, N.Y., and attended the University of Alabama for two years. Leo served in the U.S. Army from 1941-45 in the 29th Division, landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and serving in the Battle of the Bulge. He married Kathryn R. (Natoli) Collier in 1946. She preceded him in death in November 2006.
Leo had been a resident of Mount Vernon since 1949. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon. Leo was a member and past president of the Downtown Toastmasters Club, past president of Phillips Park Little League Baseball, and enjoyed participating in the Mount Vernon Hiking Club. Most of all, Leo enjoyed riding his bicycle daily.
Leo worked for Western-Southern Life Insurance Company, Schlairet Trucking, Terminal Transport and retired from American Freight System in 1983.
Surviving Leo are six sons and three daughters, Kathleen (Mike) Williamson of Ronceverte, W.Va., Charles “Hop” (Cindy) Collier of North Canton, Mike (Jodi) Collier of Boon, Mich., Joseph Collier (Henry Regis) of Worcester, N.Y., Jim (Mary) Collier of San Diego, Calif., Christine Collier of Cincinnati, John Collier of Lafayette, Ind., Julia Collier (Rob Bryan) of Cincinnati and Thom (Diane) Collier of Mount Vernon; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Donald Collier of Norwich, N.Y.; and a sister, Catherine Helen Harrington of Rensselaer, N.Y.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Leo was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters, Eugene Glenn Collier, Edward Kenneth Collier, Rose Margaret (Collier) Scott and Patricia Ann (Collier) Carnrike.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 6, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be concelebrated Wednesday, May 7, at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mount Vernon with the Revs. Mark J. Hammond and F. Richard Snoke as celebrants. Burial will follow in the Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with military services provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kokosing Gap Trail, c/o Randy Cronk, 316 Spruce St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com. The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Mr. Collier’s family.