Bill Collier peacefully passed away on June 23, 2022. He was born on April 30, 1921 in Marion, NY to Clarence and Gladys Collier. Bill was orphaned at age 14 and grew up on his grandparents farm in Palmyra, NY. Bill is survived by his wife, Anneliese Collier; his son, Bill Jr and wife Anita; his daughter, Ann Marie Massad and husband Andrew, his daughter, Renate Umling; three grandchildren, Austin, Michael and Monica; two great-grandsons, Aiden and Armonde.
He graduated high school there and enrolled in the Rochester Business Institute. Bill was drafted and posted to the 101 Infantry Regiment. He fought in the infamous Battle of the Bulge, was wounded and received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for Valor. Given his discharge in December 1945 Bill made the choice to become a Civil Servant Officer for the U.S. Defense Department in Europe. He worked in that position for over 30 years. After government retirement in 1976 he joined the Harris Corporation in Melbourne, FL and worked for 5 years including assignments in Saudi Arabia. The family takes solace in the fact that he lived a very long and good life. A Military honored graveside service will be held 12:00PM Friday, June 23 at the Marion Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at stevensfhmarion.com
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Marion, NY 14505
This will be a Honored Military Service