Charles Lowell Collins Sr., 77, of Hadley, passed away Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Born in Wellsville, Missouri, April 14, 1935, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Marie McCaslin. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Alaska and Massachusetts. He left the Air Force in 1957 and moved to Schenectady, N.Y. Charles joined the New York Air National Guard, where he was a loadmaster flying all over the world. He retired from the Air National Guard in 1994 as Senior Master Sergeant and received the Meritorious Service Award.
He and his wife, Ellie, were avid volunteers at various state and national parks throughout the United States. Charles was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and High Priest in the Church. He served as a Temple Ordinance Worker in the St. Louis Temple and Orlando Temple. Charles enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fly.
Charles is survived by his wife, Eleanor Ann Bennett Collins; his children, Charles Collins Jr. (Doreen) of Middle Grove, Sherrie Collins of Corinth, and Erin Lowery (Paul) of Schenectady; stepchildren, Stephen B. Tinney (Wanda) of South Carolina, Matthew B. Tinney of Mayfield, Wendy Ann B. Tinney of Saratoga Springs and Mark B. Tinney of Columbus, Ga.; brother, James D. McCaslin of Buffalo, Missouri; stepbrothers, Edward P. Bennett (Lorraine) of Ballston Lake and Robert A. Bennett (Cheryl) of Northville. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 22, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Glenmore Avenue, Saratoga Springs. A calling hour will precede the service from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the church. Burial with military honors will follow in the Batchellerville Cemetery in Edinburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humanitarian Services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, c/o Bishop Garth M. Nelson, 2 Huntington Parkway, Ballston Lake, NY 12019; Community Hospice of Saratoga, 179 Lawrence Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, or the charity of your choice.
Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com.