Bloomington- Paul V. Collins, 50, Bloomington, died peacefully at 1 a.m. Wednesday (August 1, 2012) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, August 3 at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 4 at the funeral home. Pastor James Gilroy will officiate. Interment will be in Scogin Hill Cemetery, Bloomington. Military honors will be provided by Bloomington-Normal American Legion Honor Guard.
The most important thing in Paul's life was family, and he was proud to be an organ donor in order to give other families a second chance. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gift of Hope or the Collins family.
Paul was born December 6, 1961 in Chicago, a son of Daniel D. and Dorothy Cleary_Collins. On August 18, 1986, he married Karen Hendricks; she survives.
After high school, Paul proudly served six years in the United States Navy. After the service, he went through an apprenticeship and was a journeyman wireman with local IBEW 197 where he was a proud member for 25 years. He was an electrician with Illinois State University for the past decade.
Paul was preceded in death by his father, Daniel D. Collins and grandparents.
Paul is survived by his wife of 26 years, Karen; four children, Alicia (Alex) Whitworth, Normal; Amanda Collins (fiancé David Young), Minonk; Zachary and Jacob Collins, Bloomington; mother, Dorothy (Chuck) Shoemaker; two siblings, Daniel E. Collins, Port St. Lucie, Florida, and Cyndi (Steve) Ploense, Cabot, Arkansas; one grandmother, Gloria Collins; and 8 nieces and nephews.
He loved to garden and was especially proud of his TP seed technique. He enjoyed riding his Harley, getting the best deals, fishing trips with his friends and anything dealing with technology - many a computer came back to life because of him. Paul loved making people laugh, but most of all he loved his wife and children, of whom he was very proud. He was always there when people needed him. He had a big heart, and he loved his animals, especially baby baby kitty. IBC will never be the same. He will be greatly missed.