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William J Collier

Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home

McPherson, KS


William J. (Bill) Collier, M.D., 88, of McPherson, Kansas, passed away on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:22 p.m. with his family at his side at his home.

Bill was born in rural Albany on his parents farm in Gentry County, Missouri on April 25, 1925, the son of Mabel Blondina (Adkisson) and Ora Collier.

Bill attended a one room school at Locust Grove, Missouri and graduated from Albany High School in 1943 during World War II. He joined the United States Navy and was assigned to the Navy V-12 premed program at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, where he obtained his B.S. degree.

After the war was over he continued medical school at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC where he received the M.D. degree. Following this he went back in the U.S. Navy to take an internship at Great Lakes, IL. He took residencies in medicine for 1 year and then 4 years in general surgery at Veterans Administration Hospital (now called Eisenhower Medical Center), Leavenworth, Kansas. This was interrupted by the Korean War for 2 years where he served at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, and Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA.. After the war he completed his surgery residency.

Bill was a member of First Christian Church McPherson, Kansas where he served as an Elder.

Bill honorably served in the U.S. Navy as an apprentice seaman and cadet in WW II. as well as a Lt. in the Korean War.

Bill began his practice at the Veterans Administration Hospital now known as Eisenhower Medical Center, Leavenworth, Kansas. This was interrupted by the Korean War for 2 years where he served at National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD and Naval Hospital, Oakland, California. He then completed surgery residency and became assistant chief of surgery at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wichita (now called Robert Dole Medical Center), where he was also an instructor in surgery at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. He became a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and later was awarded as a Fellow of the American College Surgeons.

He moved to McPherson in 1958 to start a surgical practice. Shortly thereafter he purchased the D.F. Kuns house at 302 South Walnut. At that time the general practitioner doctors did their own surgery. In order to survive financially and not leave McPherson, it became necessary to do out of town surgery. This included driving to Lindsborg and later flying to Lyons, Osborne, and Beloit on a regular basis as well as sometimes emergency night flights in all kinds of weather. Dr. Collier closed his active surgical practice in December of 1995 but continued to assist with surgery until December of 2007.

Bill was a Life member of the American Legion Post 24, McPherson Rotary Club, McPherson County Medical Society, Kansas State Medical Society, American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Southwestern Surgical Congress, Flying Physicians Association, Kansas Pilots Association, Mooney Aircraft Pilots Association, and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and United Flying Octogenarians. He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Home State Bank and Trust Company from 1975 to 1996. He also served on the McPherson City-County Airport Board from 1972 until 1982. He was a member of the McPherson Hospital MACCO Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2012. Bill enjoyed playing the piano (solo and duo), flying his own Mooney airplane (both visual & instrument), boating (sail and motor) and traveling.

Bill became a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and was awarded as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also was a member of the Board of Directors of the Home State Bank and Trust from 1975 to 1996; served on the McPherson City-County Airport Board from 1972 until 1982.

William Jewell Collier was united in marriage to Mary Evelyn (Fisher) on March 29, 1952 at Leavenworth, Kansas.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Collier of McPherson, Kansas; his son, William Jewell Collier, II D.D.S. of Auke Bay, Alaska; his daughters, Sherry Lynn Young of Juneau, Alaska, Terri Lee Collier of McPherson, Kansas, and Linda Lorraine Beougher of McLean, Virginia; his sister, Maxine Wilson of St. Louis, Missouri; 8 grandchildren, William J. III and Frederick Collier, Joshua and Zachery Young, Jacob and Grace Velasquez, Mary and Sarah Beougher; other relatives, and a host of friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ora Collier , Jr.;

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson, Kansas.

Funeral service will be held at the First Christian Church, McPherson, Kansas on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Lynn Scott officiating.

The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery McPherson, Kansas with military honors presented by members of the American Legion Post 24 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 both of McPherson.

Family request donations to First Christian Church or McPherson Hospital both of McPherson and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460

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