HAROLD LANE COLLIER

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Harold Lane Collier was born in Brookfield, Mo.  His parents were Bessie Lee Lewis Collier and Arthur J. Collier.

Harold grew up in a very large family. He was the youngest of 11 children, 10 boys and 1 girl: George (Velma), Russell (Ruth), Vern (Helen), Elizabeth (Ernest), Earl, Harry (Shirley), Robert (Barbara), Kenneth, Orville (Phyllis), and Arthur (Mary).

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Jo Ann Condon Collier; and children, Lisa Harris (Tim), Linda Moore (Dorman) and David Collier (Heide); grandchildren, Jamie, Jimmy (Claudia) and Jared (Kyla) LeJeune, Chelsea Harris Faherty (Duncan) and Cliff Harris; great-grandchildren, Jaycee, Addison and Mateo LeJeune, and Reese, Ella and Quinn Faherty; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Harold graduated from Brookfield High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track; the only sports a small school had.  He attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) before joining the Army in 1955.  He found his place serving our country and was stationed in many places including Fairbanks, Ak.; Berlin, Germany (during the time of construction of the Berlin Wall); Mannheim, Germany, Thailand and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.  In 1978, while serving as an instructor with the ROTC Department at Northwestern State University, he suffered a massive coronary and could no longer serve in the Army.  He retired in 1979 as a Sgt. Major after 26 years of service.  Among his many medals are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Combat Infantryman Badge.  He was devoted to serving his country and his patriotism never wavered.

He was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church where he served in many areas and on several committees over the years.  He was a friend to many in the community and knew no stranger.

In his private life, he was devoted to his wife and family and loved spending time with them all.  In earlier years, when his health was better, he liked to hunt, fish and golf.  He and Jo enjoyed traveling and spent much time Cajun dancing and making new friends.

A service to celebrate his life will be Monday, Jan. 7 at 11 am in the Main Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches.  The family will receive friends from 9-10:45 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church Crossroads Sanctuary.  Burial will follow at Northwest LA Veterans Cemetery in Keithville with full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church of Natchitoches and/or The American Heart Association.