More detail on this person: John J. Collins LACONIA - John J. Collins, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, 82, of 276 Cotton Hill Road died at the Lakes Region General Hospital on Wednesday, March 26, 2008. Mr. Collins was born June 29, 1925, in Boston, the son of the late John and Ella (Penney) Collins. Mr. Collins was raised in Concord and was a career military officer before moving to Gilmanton Corner where he lived for many years. More recently spending winters in Florida and summers on Mohawk Island in Lake Winnisquam before moving to Laconia to be with his family. Mr. Collins was a test pilot in the Army, serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of the Choisin Few and was recipient of many medals and awards, including the Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign Medal (with 60 Device), Vietnam Service Medal, VN Gallantry Cross (with Palm), Master Army Aviator Badge, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lucille (Landry) Collins, of Concord; two daughters, Dallas Gilbert and her husband, David, of Laconia and Michele Collins of Concord; and two grandchildren, Brett Peterman and Casey Gilbert. In addition to his parents, Mr. Collins was predeceased by a daughter, Kirsten Collins, in 1975. "Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth and danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings_" There will be no calling hours. A family service will be held this summer to honor his life. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Health & Hospice Inc., 780 North Main St., Laconia, N. H. 03246.
Burial information: Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, NH
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