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Funeral today, February 3, 2023 for William “Bill” Eugene Collins

February 3, 2023 – Colgate, WI -William “Bill” Collins, 62, of Colgate, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, January 29, 2023.


William “Bill” Collins was born February 28, 1960 and raised in West Allis, Wisconsin, and moved to Colgate in 1994 where he lived with his family and contributed to his community.

Bill met his loving wife Lian (Witte) while they worked at Kohl’s. They were married for 31 years. He went on to work at EFunds, Northwestern Mutual, FIS, and FedEx Ground.

Beloved father to Dane, father-in-law to Amanda, and grandfather to Owen Michael.

Bill is survived by his brother Patrick (Judy) Collins and sister Mary (late Tom) Buraczewski, mother-in-law JoAnne (the late Dennis) Witte, brother-in-law Rodd (Jean) Witte. “UB” to special niece Laurie (Mike) Krause and great-nieces Rachel and Robyn—Bill said, “I always thought about you when life got tough, you three have somehow shown me the way.” Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, wonderful neighbors and friends.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents James and Dolores (Hudy) and brothers Daniel, Steven, and James.

Bill was a trustee of the Village of Richfield, was a Richfield Lion, and belonged to the Richfield Historical Society, Washington County Republican Party, and St. Gabriel Church. He loved volunteering for the Richfield parade every year.

Bill loved going up north with his family, fishing, gardening, blue birds, trivia in Stevens Point, sheepshead with the guys, watching Harry Potter, “spooky” movies, and Andy Griffith. He especially loved just hanging out with family and friends and his Mondays with Owen.

Thank you to Horizon Hospice, our nurse Michele, and our family and friends for all of their love and support.

Donations to the Richfield Parade Committee, Richfield Lions, Richfield Historical Society, or St. Gabriel Church would be appreciated.

A Memorial Visitation will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023, at ST. GABRIEL CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1200 Saint Gabriel Way, Hubertus, Wisconsin 53033, from 10:00 AM with a Memorial Mass to follow at 12:00 PM.

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