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William “Bill” Huett Collier

FORT WORTH-William “Bill” Huett Collier, 75, died peacefully with children by his side on Monday May 28, 2018. In the days preceding his death he was surrounded by his children, companion, and siblings, many of whom came from afar to be with him.
Service: will be held at The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a later date.
Bill was born on 12/08/42 in Greenville, Kentucky to William Taylor Collier and Ruth Lillian Agee Collier. He was the oldest of four children and spent his childhood in Evansville and South Bend, Indiana. He was extremely close to his Grandmother, Minnie Bell Smith who taught him to read at an early age.
Bill enlisted in the Indiana National Guard during Vietnam. He was deployed three times in the 101st Airborne Division where he earned a battlefield commission and became an officer. He then went regular Army and kept his commission and went to Officer Candidate School. He had over 70 jumps during his career and was very proud that he qualified as an Airborne Ranger and Pathfinder. After achieving the rank of Major he shifted from Infantry to Logistics and went to Quartermaster school. He earned two masters degrees during his time in the service. He served overseas in Vietnam, Italy, Korea and Panama. He retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after 26 years of service. He continued serving his country as a civil servant in GSA.
Bill loved motorcycles and was an avid biker in the early 60’s and again from 1994-2017. He regularly crossed the country on his bike to go visit his family. He also visited the Salt Flats in Utah many times with his companion Patti.
The family would also like to thank the caregivers at Community Hospice in Fort Worth for the wonderful care provided not only to Bill but his family during those last few days. Bill was a beloved brother and Father and is predeceased by his parents, and wife Melly. Survivors: Bill is survived by his children, Gina Collier of Louisiana , Chip Collier and Carrie of West Virginia, Alex Collier and Jennifer of Virginia and David Collier of Virginia. Bill was blessed to have many grandchildren; Dylan Collier, Katiemae, Sarajane, Hank and Rubyanne Collier, Andrew Walker, Reanna, DJ, and Pamela Black. He is also survived by his siblings; Darrell Collier and Judy, Bruce Collier, Pamela Pontius and Mike all of Indiana. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews. Bill also leaves behind his special friend and companion Patti Stephens.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Debbie Gibson :

    Heaven has gained another Angel. May you RIP and Thank You for your service and your families sacrifice while you were serving. Prayers for Comfort

  2. Rick Langstraat :

    I met Bill in Panama in 1994 as we both became members of the Road Knights Motorcycle Club. Little did I know how he would be come a mentor, fellow rider, but most importantly my friend. We kept in touch until the end. He was a great man with strong principles and a love for life and family. He was a part of my life that helped shape some of my mindset and developed into parts of my character that are evident today. He will be missed dearly. I pray for healing and comfort in your loss.

  3. Thoughts of comfort and condolences to the grieving family.

    Prayers to all in this time of need.

    Rest in peace.

    SSG Kevin Lewis
    PGR Texas
    US Army, Retired

  4. I first met Bill on the Salt in 2012. As we shared the Collier name, I worked on his Family Tree, and soon discovered that we were related, and thereafter he was Cousin Bill.

    I was impressed by his character, true love of God and Country, and friendliness. My condolences to his family.

  5. My friend, Happy First Birthday in Heaven, something we spoke about often. Your kids came together and did you proud, just as we talked about when Melly got sick. John told me they are doing their best for Gina just as you wanted the boys to do. Old friend we talked but I never knew you had gotten sick nor did you say you were in the Vet Hospital. If I had known I would have been there for you. I miss you dearly. God Bless your family as they go through your loss. Enjoy your Birthday with Jesus.

  6. My sincere condolances to Bill family. He was just a great guy all around. Very respectful an respected.

  7. Carrie Alford :

    Wild Bill you will be missed Bill Collier wow kept me on my toes worked with him for 18 years at GSA.

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