ROANOKE – Thomas James Collier, 77, died at 1:50 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at his home in Roanoke.
He was born July 30, 1941, in Muskegon, Mich., the son of Charles and Marian Sands Collier. He married Christy Sue Horchem on Dec. 29, 1980. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Toni (Stan) Huckleberry, Evansville, Ind., and Stephanie (Jay) Kolb, Benson; three sons, Jeffrey (Andrea) Collier, Indianapolis, Ind., Michael (Angie) Collier, Roanoke and Joe Horchem, Sacramento, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Ashley Huckleberry, Andrew Huckleberry, Matthew Collier, Landen Collier, Kenzley Collier, Keaton Collier, Summer Horchem, Heather Kolb, Jayson Kolb, Catherine Kolb and Chris Kolb; three great-grandchildren, Madelyn Stearman, Christopher Campbell and Abie Campbell; two sisters, Mary Ellen Dunn, Peoria and Carolyn (Randy) Anderson, Rockford and two brothers, Bill (Linda) Collier, Rockford and Steve Collier of the state of Alabama.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles Collier and Jack Collier.
Tom worked as a welder for Caterpillar, an officer with the Eureka Police Department and was a semitruck driver before he retired in 2003. He enjoyed camping with his friends and family, playing pool and poker, as well as barbecuing on the grill. There was always music playing while Tom grilled and entertained. He attended New Hope Community Church in Germantown Hills. The couple resided in Goodfield for 35 years. Tom will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by friends and his family!
Services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the church. Visitation will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the church. Sandwiches, dessert and coffee will be provided following the service at the church. Schmidt-Haller Burial and Cremation Services in Peoria is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Gift of Hope at www.giftofhope.org