Harold Lane Collier was born in Brookfield, Missouri. 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 his brothers and sister.
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), Jared (Kyla) LeJeune, Chelsea Harris Faherty (Duncan), and Cliff Harris. Great grandchildren: Jayce, Addison, Matteo LeJeune, Reese, Ella, and Quinn Faherty. Also several nieces and nephews.
Harold graduated from Brookfield High School where he lettered in football, basketball and track; the only sports the 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, Alaska; Berlin, Germany (when The Berlin Wall went up); Mannheim, Germany; Thailand and two tours in Vietnam. In 1978, while serving as instructor with the ROTC Department at Northwestern State University, he had a masssive coronary and could no longer serve in the Army. He retired in 1979 as a Sergeant Major, after 26 years of service. Among his many medals are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He was devoted to serving his country and his patriotism never waivered.
He was a faithful member of 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 to spend time with all of them. In earlier years, when his health was better, he liked to hunt, fish, and golf. He and Jo Ann enjoyed traveling and spent much time Cajun Dancing and making new friends.
A service to celebrate the life of Harold will be held Monday, January 7, 2019 at 11:00 am in First United Methodist Church, Natchitoches. The family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery, Keithville, LA with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church, Natchitoches and/or The American Heart Association.
Harold L. Collier
Sergeant Major U S Army (Retired)
January 10, 1935 – December 29, 2018
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished
the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7