Kenneth Collinson

Kenneth Melvin "Kenny" Collinson

Tuesday, August 22nd, 1939 - Thursday, December 24th, 2020
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On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, Kenneth Melvin Collinson, loving father of three children and seven grandchildren, passed away at the age of 81. A funeral service in memory of Kenneth will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 11 am, at 15th Avenue Christian Church, 3600 15th Ave, Rock Island, IL. His live-streamed service can be viewed at Kenneth’s obituary page on Wendt Funeral Home’s website ( Visitation will take place on Monday, January 4th, from 1 pm to 4 pm at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, IL. In accordance with CDC and IDPH guidelines, attendees are expected to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.

Kenny was born on August 22, 1939 in Moline, IL to Helen V. and Melvin D. Collinson. He lost his father in a quarry accident in January 1948. He attended Moline Public Schools and graduated from Moline High School in 1957. After that he attended Augustana College where he played quarterback on the Vikings football team and joined the Beta Omega Sigma fraternity. He graduated with a B.A. degree in political science in 1961. In 1961, he married Jacqueline Ann Chinlund. Kenny earned a law degree at Northwestern University and became a member of the Illinois Bar in 1964. His first position as a lawyer was with the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office, where he later served as Public Defender. Subsequently, he joined the law practice of Potter, Gilman, Galvin, Collinson, Konecky & McAndrews in Rock Island and then launched his own law office in Milan with Collinson, Taber & Darrow. In 2005, Robert G. Scott and Lincoln T. Scott joined him to form Collinson & Scott, P.C. From 1990-1992, Kenny served as President of the Rock Island County Bar Association. Later, he served as a director of Blackhawk Bank & Trust and was a proud member of the Milan Area Rotary Club. He was President of Collinson Stone Company in Milan for 34 years. After retiring from his law practice in 2017, Kenny donated his law office building to the Milan Christian Food Pantry, which was dedicated in 2020. He was a member of the 15th Ave Christian Church, Rock Island.

Kenny enjoyed activities with several family members, and close friends who he had known since high school and college. He was a member of Shorthill’s Country Club. He also enjoyed boating (“The Captain”), playing cards (Hearts), and spending weekends at his cabin in Fox Lake, WI. He was an avid sports fan, affectionately following the St. Louis Cardinals, and loyally supporting his grandchildren’s involvement in sports and various other pursuits.

Kenny was preceded in death by Jackie, his beloved wife of 42 years who passed away in 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa (Thomas) Gannon, of Waukesha, WI, three grandchildren Danielle, Sean, and Kyle; his son Scott (Stacey) Collinson of Davenport, IA, two grandchildren Trevor and Ethan; his son Peter Collinson of Milan, Il, two grandchildren Carol Ann and Jacob; and his brother, James (Madeleine) Collinson of Fort Collins, CO, niece Catherine and nephew John. He was also preceded in death by his close cousin Ronnie Aldinger.

A Celebration of Life service will also be announced at a later date to be held in the summer.

In lieu of flowers, donations in remembrance of Kenny may be sent to the Milan Christian Food Pantry, PO Box 333., Milan, IL 61264.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 4th, 2021 | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Monday, January 4th, 2021 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wendt Funeral Home
    1811 - 15th St. Pl.
    Moline, IL 61265
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    In accordance with CDC and IDPH guidelines, attendees are expected to wear a face mask and observe social distancing.
  • Service

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 11:00am
    15th Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island, IL
    3600 15th Avenue
    Rock Island, IL 61201
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The funeral service will be live-streamed; Please visit the Photos & Videos Tab and click on "Webcast" to be linked to live-stream or simply click on this link;
    Pastor Michael Dyer


Donations are being accepted for: MILAN CHRISTIAN FOOD PANTRY.


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Catherine Collinson

Posted at 02:53pm
Uncle Kenny was a beacon of grace, generosity, and pure genius. Whether caring for his family, running his successful law practice, serving his community, or taking time to enjoy life, he did everything with extraordinary pizzazz.

Uncle Kenny, thank you for the many lives that you’ve touched, including my own.

In loving memory,

Catherine Collinson
L Posted at 09:42pm


Joni Lopez

Posted at 01:36pm
I met Mr. Collinson through Lighthouse Homecare as I was one of his caregivers. I immediately knew of his outstanding commitment to the community as well as his love for sports and law, simply by the pictures and awards that displayed in his home. I had the pleasure of reconnecting Ken with a fellow lawyer and the two of them talked on occasion. Both gentlemen thanked me for bringing them together. Though I knew Ken just several months, we talked about sports, and when I would bring up his accomplishments, he would briefly indulge me but then quickly redirect the conversation to his children and grandchildren. He overflowed with happiness when he talked about his family. He was extremely polite and thanked me endlessly for helping him in his cares as well as being a friend. I enjoyed hearing all the stories about Mr. Collinson that each of you shared and I extend my deepest condolences to all his family and friends.
L Posted at 09:39pm

Joni, Thank you for staying with my dad at night. He enjoyed getting up so easily to talk to you and the other sitters. Lighthouse sitters were wonderful to my dad and helped me know he was being taken care of. Thank you for all you did for him.

Bonnie Liva

Posted at 10:52am
Goodbye to my loving, kind and fun companion. Rest in Peace, Kenny.

Jayne Pearson

Posted at 09:03am
Going to miss you. Kenny. I know you’re in a better place with Jacque by your side.
L Posted at 09:41pm

Jayne, Thank you for coming to visitation and the funeral. You have been a wonderful friend to both of my parents.

Jim & Sara Wynes

Posted at 09:55am
Our deepest sympathy.
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