SGT. Jonathan "Jon" Vincent Collins

August 9, 1990July 20, 2018
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Sgt. Jonathan “Jon” Vincent Collins, 27, passed away on July 20, 2018 in New York.

Born in Stuart, FL, Jon was a resident of Palm City, FL and graduated from Treasure Coast High School, where he was part of the varsity swim team and homecoming court.

He was Sergeant in the United States Army and gave 7 years of service to our country, which included a tour in Afghanistan as a combat medic.

Jon had a heart of gold and would put everything aside at a moment’s notice to help anyone in need. Whether he was collecting and distributing toys to underprivileged children or supporting the local breast cancer organization, Jonathan will always be remembered for his kind and loving heart. Jonathan is survived by his mother, Valerie Collins; father, Lance Collins; grandmother; Thelma M Collins; his uncles and aunts, Patrick & Janice Donnelly, Larry & Nancy Schilder; Terri & Sam Steinhauer, and Kriste & Bob Ashley; his cousins, Alexis, Jessica, Mandy, Robert, Kristen, Stephanie, Joshua, Seth, Kayla and Tyler and his extensive network of friends that are more like family that span across the world.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Judith Schilder, and grandfather, Neil A Collins.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 12:00PM-1:00PM at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Stuart with a funeral service to begin at 1:00PM. Interment will follow at Fernhill Memorial Gardens in Stuart, FL.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jon’s name to The Wounded Warrior Project at

Please visit his online obituary at


  • Jonathan is survived by his mother, Valerie Collins; father, Lance Collins; his uncles and aunts, Patrick & Janice Donnelly, Larry & Nancy Schilder; his cousins, Alexis, Jessica, Mandy, Robert, and Kristen; and his extensive network of friends that are more like family that span across the world.

    He is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Albert and Judith Schilder.


  • A Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 28, 2018
  • A Celebration of Jon's Life Saturday, July 28, 2018

SGT. Jonathan "Jon" Vincent Collins

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Will Carnes

August 1, 2018

Best Medic I knew during our deployment in 2013 to Afghanistan. I would trust him with my life. A memory just hit me today. I'm out with my National Guard Unit helping with the fires here in CA and they gave food bags. The one item that made me think of Collins was a CLIF bar. Most people I know hate CLIF bars but Collins was one of the few who almost always had one in his hand. We would give him all of ours. Just a random memory that hit me. Glad I knew him and shared time with such a great guy.

SGT William Carnes

Robert Breuninger

July 28, 2018

Today we laid to rest a friend. The kind of friend we call family. He is 27 years young so it's hard to wrap your mind around this. This isn't the right order of things. Our hearts are heavy but we will live our lives in honor of you. After spending time with Jon's loved ones, family and friends, and listening to stories I realized what a successful life Jon was living. He accomplished so much in life and touched so many in his 27 years. Jon raised the bar for all of us. He set goals and chased then. He accomplished many of his goals and was still working on others. Through his determination and perseverance I'm sure he would have had continued success. Today was an emotional day mixed with sadness, military honor and family and friends coming together to celebrate a young mans life. You will forever be missed Jon but will always be with us in our hearts. Thank you for the friendship. Thank you for your honorable service to our country. ❤️🇺🇸

kerry mccall

July 27, 2018

So very sorry for the family and friends but what a legacy he leaves

Richard "Whistler" Little

July 27, 2018

May the good Lord bless and keep you by his side Jonathan and keep your loved ones from grief and sadness.
We thank you for your selfless service to our country and your comrades in arms, it surely will NEVER go forgotten...
"To be killed in war is not the worst that can happen, to be lost is not the worst, to be forgotten is the worst"-Pierre Claeyssens
R.I.P. Soldier, we have the watch...
Warriors Watch Riders/Patriot Guard Riders

Scott Guntz

July 27, 2018

Reverence Prayer

O Heavenly Father,

We gather today, to Honor our fallen Hero – Sgt. Jonathan Collins
We celebrate his life, and remember the devotion he has to his Duty and his Family.
We will forever keep the legacy that he leaves behind in our hearts and minds.
We did not know our Hero, but we do know, that his love of country and distinguished military service was Proud, Courageous and Honorable.
We are here to Honor his life - his service - and let it be known that his memory will be:
Never Forgotten and Forever Revered ...

We Pray - he finds peace and comfort, dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.
Rest easy brother - your Tour of Duty is complete. will Never Be Forgotten.

Ken Mascara

July 27, 2018

To the Collins Family,

We acknowledge and appreciate your sacrifices during Jonathan’s service to our great nation...and yes he is a hero.

My family and I are praying for your family during this difficult time of loss.

May God be with and bless all of you.

With Deepest Sympathies

Ken J. Mascara
Sheriff of St. Lucie County

Terri Steinhauer

July 27, 2018


Uncle Sam and I have had many happy memories of all the holidays you spent at our home Christmas Eve’s and Easter egg hunts. We always had so much
fun with all of the cousins together. You were always a fun loving little boy and grew up to be a fine young man. The last time we spoke you spoke of your future plans and your adventure you were embarking on. I am sure that everyone that knew you was touched by your gentle nature.
To your mother and father our hearts and prayers are with you at this most unimaginable time. Please know that he will remain in our hearts forever and we will never forget that sweet smile.
Aunt Terri & Uncle Sam

Anastasiya (Ana) Miroshnikova

July 27, 2018

Jon and I met last year in November and met up in the city from brunch and a Brooklyn Nets basketball game. I knew in that moment when we first met at brunch he would be someone different in my life. We hadn't known each other at all and we just talked for hours non stop that day- we ended up hanging out the whole day. Fast forward every time we talked - it was always fun and I miss hearing about how happy he is with Austin and all his plans moving forward. I leaned on Jon for so much and he was always there for me with open arms- I cared immensely about him and I will never forget him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this time. Jon- I will miss you more then you know but you will never leave my heart and I will make you proud with everything we talked about!

Kriste Ashley

July 27, 2018

I remember our conversation at Tyler's Wedding 12/31/11. It was so good to sit with you and listen to you talk about your new life. I could see and hear your resolve and determination in moving forward to service in the Army and the adventures that would bring. You were leaving your family but moving toward joining a much bigger family and becoming the man you wanted to be.
From your Fire-Medic training to moving towards your dreams, no one could stop you.
We will miss your small slow grin and your gentle, caring heart.
Love Aunt Kriste

B. Brown

July 27, 2018

To the Family of Jonathan,

My condolences to the family on the passing of your dear loved Jonathan. I know that this is a very difficult time for you as death is an enemy to all of us. The lost of a precious family member and the pain that we experience from that lost is not easy. May you find comfort and strength in Jehovah God’s words at Revelation 21:4, which gives us a sure promise that death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore. I pray that He will grant you peace at this most difficult time. I am so very sorry.