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Information for Alvis Delbert Collins
14 March, 1917 21 November, 1995
From the Idaho Press Tribune
24 November, 1995
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo


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Alvis D. Collins

     Alvis D. Collins, 78, of Wilder, died after a long illness with cancer, Tuesday, November 21, 1995, at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 25, 1995, at the Golden Gate Baptist Church, Wilder.  Reverend Everett Berrey will officiate, with Lodge Rites by the Odd Fellows #137, Wilder, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.  Interment will follow at Wilder Cemetery with Military Rites by the VFW Post #11065, Wilder.
     Mr. Collins was born March 14, 1917, at Douglass County, Missouri, a son of Shelt and Rosie Belle Johnson Collins.  He was reared and educated in Douglass County, Alvis entered the U.S. Army on July 15, 1941, serving his country during WWII until October 15, 1945, when he was honorably discharged.  Alvis was awarded the Purple Heart.  He was in the Army reserve and entered the Korean War in June of 1950 and was discharged in October of 1951.  Alvis came to Idaho in 1956 and worked for the Batt Farms.  On July 7, 1960, he married Ethel Osborn Smallwood in Wilder.
     Alvis was a life-time member of the VFW Post #11065, Wilder, a member of the Golden Gate Baptist Church, a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge #137 Wilder, Pioneer Lodge #1, Idaho City, Owyhee Lodge #2, Silver City, ID, Encampment #3 Caldwell, the Rebekah Lodge #75 Wilder.  Alvis enjoyed being around his grandchildren and loved to fish and to garden.
     Survivors include his wife, Ethel of Wilder; a stepson, Charles Smallwood of Wilder; three stepdaughters and son-in-laws, Cecil Lover and Marion Simpson of Windsor, Colorado; Susan and Arnold Waldemer of Wilder, Idaho, and Judy and Dale Durbin of Clinton, Tennessee; a brother and sister-in-law, Fent and Alma Collins of Wilder; a brother-in-law and his wife, Glenn and Shirley Osborn of Wilder; a sister, Mattie Murrel of Bentonville, Arkansas; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and two sisters.
     The family suggests memorials to the Odd Fellows, Wilder, Idaho; or the Golden Gate Baptist Church, Wilder, Idaho.
     Friends may call today from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell.