Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home

30351 Dequindre Road, Madison Heights, MI


Mr. Jerry Collins

May 2, 1940September 18, 2019

Jerry Collins age 79, passed away on Wednesday September 18, 2019. Jerry was born May 2, 1940 in Grayson, Kentucky. Beloved husband of the late Martha. Dear father of Russell Collins, JoAnn (Mark) Holz, Christopher (Kristine) Collins, John Collins, Jerry Collins , Kellie (Stephen) Norton. Loving grandfather of nineteen, great grandfather of sixteen. Brother of the late Leo Collins, the late LeRoy Collins. Visitation will be held Sunday September 22, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Monday September 23, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home 30351 Dequindre Madison Heights, Michigan 48071. Interment White Chapel Cemetery Troy, Michigan.


  • Visitation Sunday, September 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 23, 2019


Mr. Jerry Collins

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Georgia Naidus

September 22, 2019

To the Collins Family: I am so sorry for your loss and regret my not being able to attend the visitation. Jerry was a good man with a good heart and I will always remember his wonderful laugh. I am thinking of him fondly and wishing you all comfort and peace.

Deborah (Anson) Ward

September 22, 2019

Jerry was a great friend to our family. He was always there to lend a hand any time one was needed. I remember watching in awe as he & my dad lugged a cast iron bathtub out of the upstairs bath, down the stairs & out the door - without breaking anything! They also tore out a door wall & built a new wall with a picture window in its place, poured a patio & built an aluminum awning over it, the list goes on! They were like a super duo & I was always amazed that they just knew how to do everything. On a few occasions I was lucky enough to tag along with Dad to meet Jerry, Mr. G., & the guys up at Gels sporting goods store in Universal Mall. They were like kids in a candy shop comparing all the fishing lures & rods, then debating the pros & cons of each over coffee afterward. When they deemed me old enough to hear the stories, I enjoyed listening to them reminisce about the pranks they pulled on each other during their hunting trips (there were some doozies!). Jerry had a great sense of humor and could always make you laugh. We will miss him always.

Laurie Brusco

September 21, 2019

Because Jerry was one of my father's dearest friends, I have never known a time when Jerry was not around. He could always be counted on for a joke or for an observation that would never fail to start a fun conversation. I can remember one time when I was still living at my parent's house that I was having some trouble with my car. As I was standing there with the hood up, trying to see if I could figure out what might be the problem, Jerry and Dad walked up and the three of us finally got it figured out and got the car started. Countless number of times I would look up to see Jerry coming around the fence in the backyard for a cup of coffee with the folks. Either I or my sisters would call out "Jerry's here!" In more recent years, he was always good company for a cup of coffee, either at the house or up at the Cabin. In over 40 years, I can't remember a single time when his hair was not perfectly combed into place! It is hard to think of a world without Jerry in it. He was a cherished friend to the entire family, not just to my dad Len. He was a wonderful person who will be missed dearly. My sincere sympathy to his family.

Samantha Lasater

September 20, 2019

Jerry will truly be missed by us all at the Cozy Cabin! He brightened everyone's day when he came in daily. Have known him for many years . Prayers to all his family. He was an amazing man!

Suzanne Calvano

September 19, 2019

Dear Jerry and family,

Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your father. He was a very nice man and a good neighbor. I pray God gives you comfort and peace during the difficult days and months ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. God bless you.