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John William Collison, 89, formerly of Bloomfield Hills passed away at Milestone Senior Living in Eau Claire, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, after declining health due to dementia.

John was born May 14, 1928, in Detroit, Mich. to Charles and Alma Collison.

John was raised by his mother, in Detroit and his uncle, John and aunt, G in Bermuda.

John served in the Army Second Infantry during the Korean War Conflict from 1948-1952. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign War.

John met the love of his life, Barbara Gene Bondy, who he married and raised three children with in Pontiac, Mich.

John was interested in electronics and went to Radio Electronic Television School. He also registered for a patent for an ultrasonic transducer. He was a salesman, selling venetian blinds, cleaning chemicals, ultrasonic cleaning equipment, and aerial lift equipment. In spirit, he was an entrepreneur, and a successful one at that. He worked hard to provide for his family, which was very important to him. He started his own business, Michigan Hi-Reach in Madison Heights, Mich. in 1975.

John loved to travel. In his younger days he hitch-hiked across the country. Many family vacations were taken visiting the east coast, Arizona and all over Michigan. In retirement John and Barbara traveled to six continents.

His interests included ceramics, photography, the stock market, golf, sailing, and was a do-it-yourselfer. He was involved with Lighthouse of Oakland County and New Horizons Rehabilitation Services.

He is survived by his daughters, Karen (John) Possley, Chippewa Falls, Syndee Collison, and son, Charles F. Collison both of San Rafael, Calif.; grandchildren, Nicholas Possley of Tilden, Wis. and Jocelyn Possley of Stevens Point, Wis.; and his sisters-in-law, Joanne (Paul) Halick and Susanne (Robert) Sack all of Novi, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years; his parents; sister, Mary Wilkins; and brother, Allen Collison; and sister-in-law, Olie Collison .

The family is grateful to the staff at Milestone Senior Living for their tender care and laughter with him and Mayo Clinic Hospice.

Funeral services will be held at Great Lakes Veterans Cemetery in Holly, Mich. at a date to be determined.

Memorials may be given to Mayo Clinic Home Health and Hospice or Alzheimer’s Association.

The Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family with arrangements.

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