Highland: Obituaries

C. Ben Collman, 83

C. Ben Collman
C. Ben Collman

Charles Bennie “Ben” Collman, 83, of rural Greenville died on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at Donnell-Wiegand Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will be in Brown Cemetery.

He was born on Jan. 11, 1932 in Highland to Albert and Ruby (Redfearn) Collman. On Aug. 16, 1957, he married Katheryn Paine First Christian Church in Greenville. They enjoyed 58 years together. She survives in Greenville.

Mr. Collman grew up on the family farm in Bond County. He attended the Mount Vernon Grade School on Pokey Road and then graduated from Pocahontas High School with the class of 1949. He then helped his dad on the family farm from 1949-1952.

He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, from 1952-1954. He was honorably discharged and returned home.

He worked as a mechanic for Oscar Henry and the Chevy garage. He then went to Southwestern Electric in 1976, where he worked as a mechanic before retiring as a lineman in 1994.

Other survivors include a daughter, Linda Collman of rural Greenville; a brother, Joe W. Collman of St. Louis, Mo.; and a step-sister, Mary Chappel of Greenville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Knebel; brother, James “Jim” Collman; a brother, John Alan Collman; and a step-sister, Theresa Nance.

Memorials may be made to Brown Cemetery.