Roger Lee Collinson, Sr.

Roger Lee Collinson, Sr., of Homosassa, Fla. died on Feb. 24, 2019.  

Roger was born on April 2, 1929, to Perry and Ellice (Smith) Collinson in Galva. 

He attended local schools, graduating in 1947. While in school he worked on a local farm, curing marijuana (hemp) for the U.S. Government during W.W. II, and as a gandy dancer and student operator on the CB&Q Railroad. 

He served four years in the USAF teaching radio during the Korean Peace Action. Upon discharge he worked for AT&T for 34 years. In this capacity he was a Radio Path loss finder for the Distant Early Warning (D.E.W.) Line, in the Arctic. He served in an engineering capacity on various AT&T communication projects around the world for the USAF, Pacific Missile Range, and earth stations in Iran and Saudi Arabia. 

On May 24, 1952 he was united in marriage with Leona (Lee) Helen Mindak, of St. Louis, Mo. Lee preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 1991, and was interred in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla. 

After his retirement he became active with The American Legion Post #155, in Crystal River, Fla., where he served in various capacities and an active member of the Honor Guard.  

On Sept. 25, 1993 he was united in marriage with Ruth Wheeler, who preceded him in death on Jan. 17, 2015.

He was preceded in death by daughter, Vanessa Rose (1953); son, Rory Lawrence (1985); his parents; and siblings Jack, Jim, Phyllis and Luine. 

He is survived by one brother, Jerry Collinson; one son, Roger; daughters, Ramona Hildenbrand and Robin Ayers; three step-children, Laura Lahm, Eduardo Wheeler and Sandra Wheeler; grandchildren, Elizabeth Gillette, Kera Collinson, Matthew Collinson, Holly Collinson, AnnaLee Collinson, Duke Ayers, Alexis Lahm, Stephen Lahm, Alejandro Lopez Wheeler, Sara Lopez Wheeler, Grayson Wheeler and Trey Wheeler; and one great grandchild, Allesandra Collinson 

Final arrangements are with Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, Fla., with cremation and internment in Florida National Cemetery. 

Final military services will be conducted by American Legion Post 155, Honor Guard, on Friday, March 22.  

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to American Legion Post 155, P.O. Box  908, Crystal River, Fla. 34423. Please put “Roger Collinson fund” in the memo line.