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Willis M. Collman

Willis M. Collman, 88, German Valley, died on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, at Freeport Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. 

He was born Oct. 6, 1925 in German Valley, the son of William and Marie (Buttel) Collman and attended Collman Grade School and Pleasant Prairie Academy. 

He served in Korea as a corporal in the U. S. Army from 1952 to 1955. 

He married Norma F. Peters on Jan. 16, 1955 in Forreston.

They began their life together on the Collman family farm near German Valley where they farmed together for more than 40 years. 

In addition to his work on the family farm, Willis was active at Silver Creek Reformed Church, Stephenson County Farm Bureau and Livestock Association, and served on the German Valley School Board. 

He valued his memberships at Forreston American Legion and Mt. Morris Moose Club. 

In 1986, Willis and Norma moved to German Valley where they enjoyed an active retirement, surrounded by family and friends. 

He took great pride and pleasure in his children’s and later, his grandchildren’s, education, religious, and sporting events. 

Willis is survived by his children, who include Steve Collman, Shannon, Janice (Jeff) Sibley, Barrington, John (Dawn) Collman, German Valley, Lowell Collman, Lakeville, Minn., and Marlene (Renee Lewis) Collman, Roscoe.

Willis enjoyed his seven grandchildren including Ben Collman, Austin, Texas, Hannah Collman, Sanborn, Iowa, Abigail Sibley, Milwaukee, Wis., Emily Sibley, Barrington, and Matthew and Molly Collman, Lakeville, Minn., and Mitchell Collman, Roscoe. 

He is also survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Arnold and Ruby Collman, and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 58 years and his parents. 

Visitation will be on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. and on Friday, Jan. 10 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at Silver Creek Reformed Church, 326 Bunker Hill Rd., German Valley.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan.10 at 11 a.m. at the church. 

Burial will be in Silver Creek Reformed Church Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. 

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