Robert 'Bob' Collison
Collison, Robert "Bob" age 92, passed away on May 10, 2018. Born September 15, 1925 in Hector, MN, Bob lived briefly in Minneapolis before moving to Fairmont where he lived until graduation from high school in 1943. He attended the University of Minnesota for his freshman year before enlisting in the Army Air Force, serving as a B-17 crew member during WWII. He received his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1949 and then began his coaching and teaching career in Osseo and Montevideo. When Richfield High School opened in 1954, Bob was hired as a teacher and football, track and assistant basketball coach. He later served as athletic director and assistant principal before retiring in 1985. He was a dedicated teacher and coach and immensely enjoyed his students, players and fellow coaches. Bob was inducted into the MN Football Coaches Hall of Fame as well as the Athletic Halls of Fame at Fairmont, Richfield and Gustavus. In 1983, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Bob was preceded in death by parents Charles and Mary Collison and brothers, Charles and Peter. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia; children, Kathleen (Lowell) Johnson, Jan (Dan) Black and Sue Schemm; grandchildren, Lisa (Michael) Braegelman, Justin Johnson, Alex and Jonathan Black; step-children, David (Gale) Swenson & Diane (Roger) Allmendinger; step-grandchildren, Christopher (Joan) Swenson, Eric (Michelle) Swenson, Clare (Brian) Elsen, James (Kristi) Swenson, Mark Swenson, Derek (Carolyn) Allmendinger and Andrew (Alanna) Allmendinger; 19 great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandson. Also, his special cousin Duane Buckholz and nieces, Cheryl Netka and Cheri Sanford. Service Thursday, May 17, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave S. Visitation one hour before service. Luncheon to follow service. Interment Ft. Snelling. Memorials preferred to The Richfield Spartan Foundation, 6638 Knox Ave. S., Richfield, MN 55423. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226 morrisnilsen.com
Published on May 13, 2018
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