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Loren Lee Collins “Mr. Merit,” 86, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at Liberal Good Samaritan Center.

He was born March 9, 1923, to Lewis Elmer and Mary Maude (Hall) Collins in Hanston.

He married Joan Etta Henage Sept. 30, 1950, in Clayton, N.M. She survives.

He attended Liberal Schools.

He had worked at Hatcher Farms, Light Grain and Mill, Beech Aircraft and became owner operator of Merit Radiator in 1968 until his retirement Dec. 23, 1999. He was a aergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II where he received a Bronze Star which was awarded to him in 2005.

He attended Trinity Faith Church.

He was a member of the IOOF, Rebekak Lodge, Canton, life member of the VFW and a former member of the Kiwanas.

He enjoyed wrestling, old cars and Sunday drives.

Other survivors include five sons, Everett Collins and wife, Karen, Liberal, Charles Collins, Houston,  Lewis Collins and wife, Theresa,                    Liberal, Kenneth “Gene” Collins of                                Oklahoma and John Collins, Liberal; one daughter, Lori Benton and husband, Phillip, Liberal; two sisters, Bonnie Atwell, Perry, Iowa, and Roletha “Pat” Courtney, Albuquerque, N.M.; 12 grandchildren;    and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Salmons and Minnie Woltje, and three brothers, Lyle Dean Collins, Melvin Davis and Dean Davis.

o Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Trinity Faith Church with Pastor Dee Estes presiding.

Burial will be in Restlawn Cemetery with military honors by Fort Riley Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home. Family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested in care of Kitch-Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. Second, Liberal, KS 67901.

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