Obituary for Russell N. Collins Jr.
On the evening of December 21st, 2017, Russell N. Collins, Jr., of Palmyra, NJ, peacefully passed at the age of 92. Russell’s life was a rich collection of love, friendship, loyalty and bravery. He was a gifted drum player in his high school band when the American naval base at Pearl Harbor was attacked. Russell quickly enlisted in the United States Navy and proudly served his country during WWII as an original crew member of the Battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62). After the war, Russell returned home to New Jersey and married his high school sweetheart Helen S. Collins (nee Stepler). They were together for over fifty years until Helen passed in 2004. Russell celebrated life by surrounding himself with loved ones. Loving father of Russell Douglas Collins (Deborah), and Debra Collins Williams (Dennis). Caring brother of the late Catherine Carlson. Dear grandfather of Janet Glick (Nick), Jeffrey Collins, Allison Williams Ericksen (Ross), Drew Williams, and Grant Williams and great grandfather of Alexa Collins, Jordyn Glick, and Jason Glick. Later in life, Russell returned to the USS New Jersey as a volunteer when the battleship became the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial on the Camden, NJ Waterfront. He was a Mason, a Shriner and an Odd Fellow and is further survived by the many dear friends from these organizations and his Battleship New Jersey volunteering days. Russell will always be remembered for his hearty laugh, gentle grin and skillful storytelling. A man whose place in the world will be hard, if not impossible, to fill. Relatives and friends are invited to the viewing on Wednesday December 27, from 6pm to 8pm at the Bradley Funeral Home, Route 73 S. and Evesham Road, Marlton, NJ. There will be a funeral service on Thursday at the Battleship USS New Jersey at 11am. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Russell’s name to the Battleship USS New Jersey, 100 Clinton St. Camden, NJ 08103 or Samaritan Hospice, 5 Eves Drive Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053.