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Kenneth Collison

March 6, 1949 - March 12, 2017

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017, beginning at 2:00 PM, with a visitation one hour prior, at the Community Presbyterian Church (OPC), 2131 Alamo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI, 49006, with Pastor Tim Bero officiating.

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Age 68, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Dale was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on March 6, 1949, the son of Kenneth and Angeline (Osterman) Collison. Dale was a man of deep faith who lived a life of service to the Lord and others. He had a passion for life and loved children and the joy they can bring. After graduating from seminary he found a way to combine his love for Christ and children and began the His Hands Puppet traveling ministry. He later took a pastoral position at the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Central Lake, MI, for seven years. While there he became involved in youth and jail ministries. He also pastored for more than ten years in Shedden and Kamoka, Ontario, Canada. Though his life was dedicated to serving others, he also knew the importance of family and did his best to provide for his children and grandchildren. He leaves them with a foundation of faith and many wonderful memories to cherish. Dale also enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. He was fond of model trains and was a stamp and coin collector and cared for pet reptiles. Dale’s warm smile, gentleness and strength of spirit will be missed by all who knew him! On August 6, 1970, he married the love of his life Janice (Sikma) Collison who survives. He is also survived by five children, Kevin (Ronni) Collison, Ken J. (Morgan) Collison, Tony Collison, Lacy (Seth) Hopper, Mike (Laura) Collison; eleven granddaughters; his mother and three brothers, Dave, Don and Denny Collison; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in passing by his father; a stillborn son, Jeremy Collison and a granddaughter, Lily Collison.