William A. Collings

Nov. 23, 1923 – March 10, 2022

William A. Collings of Crawfordsville, passed away on March 10, 2022.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1923 at Waynetown, Indiana to Arthur and Flora Duke Collings. 

He married Mary Elizabeth Gardner on June 11, 1949. She passed away June 20, 1987. Mr. Collings then married Frances Drook on Sept. 28, 1991.

He was a pressman and inspector at R. R. Donnelley and Sons Company for 44 years, retiring on Jan. 31, 1986. After retirement, he enjoyed reading about all aspects of WWII, reading about the latest cars for each year and keeping his cars, vans or trucks in tip top shape. He loved to play his drums to Big Band music and to go ballroom dancing. He was a Red Coat at St. Clare Medical Center for 19 years.

His memberships included the First Christian Church, where he had been a Deacon, Eagles Lodge No. 1005, Byron Cox American Legion Post 72, and was an Army Veteran of WWII, serving in North Africa, France and Germany. He graduated from Waynetown High School in 1942.

Survivors include his wife, Frances; his daughter, Cynthia Grimes; two step-daughters and their families, Rhonda Rogers and Mrs. Chad (Bambi) Garrett, all of Crawfordsville.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Collings; sister, Eileen Hudson; his parents; and his son-in-law, Ron Grimes.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, March 16th at 3 p.m. at Burkhart Funeral Home, with the Rev. Darla Goodrich presiding. Friends and family may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Masks will be required. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery Grant Ave. Military rites will be performed by the Byron Cox American Legion Post 72 Honor Guard.

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