January 29, 1947 – October 29, 2019
Gerald Collins “Jerry” age 72 of Prescott Valley, AZ, formerly of Albion, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at his home in Arizona. He was born January 29, 1947 in Albion the son of James and Rosa (Smith) Collins and they preceded him in death. Jerry was a very talented guy in many ways, but one talent was that of a Bass musician, although he played guitar also. He received his first guitar in his teens and loved to play music, playing in bands across the country and also played with various other talented musicians including Gene Watson, Johnny Paycheck, Johnny Russell and many more. The latest style was Country Western, but he could play all kinds. He was also a talented body shop guy, owning several of his own shops in multiple places. He could turn a junk heap into a prized possession. Jerry moved out West in the late 70’s, living some years in California and finally settling in Arizona 15 years ago, but Michigan was always his home where his kids were. He was a very devoted family man and cherished his kids, his grandkids and his great grandkids. He also enjoyed panning for gold. Jerry leaves to cherish his memory his longtime, loving companion and fiancé, Doris Poburski of Arizona; 3 children: Dawn Boyd of Albion, Collin (Karla) Walch of Bellevue and Lisa Piper of Battle Creek; 10 grandchildren: Misty Boyd, Selena Murphy, Cody Boyd, Ashley Comer, Breeanna Metty, Ben Moran, Rachael Moran, Sarah Koenigsknecht, Alyssia Piper, Cade Piper, 12 great-grandchildren, brothers: Johnny (Bonnie) Collins, Jim (Peg) Collins and long-time friend, Carl Zappa. Services to celebrate Jerry’s life will be held on Thursday, November, 7, 2019 with visitation beginning at 11AM until the time of service at 1PM with Pastor Allen Henson at J. Kevin Tidd Funeral Home, 811 Finley Dr., Albion. He will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery. To leave online messages of condolence, please visit www.kevintiddfuneralhome.com
- Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019
Nancy Castaneda (Hart)
November 2, 2019
At one of our class reunions, Jerry shared that he lived in Prescott, AZ. My half-brother, Rod Hart, his son, Rod, Jr. and family live there too. It was fun to know we had this in common. I know your family will be missing him so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
November 2, 2019
There will not be a passing day that I wont hear a song that kicks in your memory.I heard you sing so many.I even sang some with you.When I hear those songs I will at first cry.Then as time goes by I will sing with that song.Then eventually I might even laugh at the good times we had with those songs.I will miss you big brother.But your memory will never fade away.
I`ll bet you are now playing guitars and singing with Uncle Bert,Uncle Hubert,Uncle Adolph,Cousin Terry Gibson.I`ll bet dad will join in on the banjo!!
Play on that big stage big brother.The good lord likes a little picking to!!LOVE YOU.Rest in Peace.Till we meet again.I`ll try to carry on the music tradition.I hope I do you proud.
November 2, 2019
Jerry, I will miss you a lot. Thank you for letting me into your families life. I enjoyed it when you played in your band, your songs bring back a lot of memories. Most of all I wanna thank you for letting me take care of Dawn when she was little, that meant a lot to me also. Let the family know that I do miss them and I know that u are blessed to see them again. R.I.P. bro