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Charles C. Collison

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Charles C. Collison
Charles C. Collison

Born: May 07, 1932
Died: April 25, 2016

Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Cartwright Hospice Residence at the age of 83. The son of the late Arthur and Louise (Lange) Collison, Charles was born May 7, 1932 in Saginaw, Michigan. Chuck graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in 1950. Shortly thereafter he enlisted in the United States Army with his brother Arthur and was stationed in France as a Military Police Officer. After his honorable discharge Charley married his high school sweetheart, Carol Morey, his loving wife of 62 years, on June 26, 1954. She survives him. After earning his Associates Degree from Bay City Junior College in 1956, Charles received an academic scholarship to Wayne State University Law School under a seven-year combined curriculum program. He completed the program, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Juris Doctorate in just five years. Chuck was a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and served as the Junior Editor of the Wayne State Law Review in 1959. In 1960 he graduated with honors, ranking second in his class.

Charley was a member of the State Bar for more than 50 years, and was well regarded in the legal community statewide. He served on the Saginaw County Bar Association Board of Directors, the Michigan State Attorney Discipline Board, and the State Bar Moral, Fitness, and Character Committee. He was a Prosecutor for the Michigan State Bar Grievance Board; Judge for the Michigan State Bar Grievance Board; and Special Assistant Attorney General. He was a Member of the State Bar Negligence Council and Military Law Committee. He was the 2007 Edward J. McCardle Memorial Tribute recipient; the 2006 Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Excellence in Defense Award recipient; and received numerous Pro Bono Gold Awards for his free legal service to the community. He was a Founding Member and Inaugural President of the Senior Circuit Pro Bono Bar Association. Charles was also a longtime member of American Legion Post #439.

Of all these awards and accomplishments, Charley was most proud of the family he raised with Carol. He leaves five sons, two daughters and their spouses, Jeffrey Collison, Saginaw; Joseph and Martha Collison, Saginaw; Daniel and Kimberly Collison, Saginaw; Lynn and David Charping, Alma; Patrick Collison, Lansing; Christine and Gary Clements, Hemlock; Charles Collison, Freeland; a daughter-in-law, Janice Collison, Saginaw; 17 grandchildren, Nathan (Lauren), Kathryn (Derrick), Kevin (Emily), Korinne (Dillon), Margaret, Jennifer (Justin), Adam, Andrew, Justin (Rachel), Amanda, Jamie (Kiel), Kenneth, Jason, Rebecca, Rachel, Emily and Grace; 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother, Emma Jean Davis, Frank (Betty) Collison and Sally (Robert) Rousseau; and many nieces and nephews. Charles was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lou Chasnis, and by his brother, Arthur Collison.

Funeral Liturgy will take place 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1035 N. River Road in Saginaw. Rev. Fr. Peter Gaspeny will officiate. Honoring Mr. Collison’s wishes, cremation will follow. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Rd., (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Cartwright Hospice Residence or the Eastside Soup Kitchen.