Jerald Wayne Collier

Jerald Wayne Collier, age 78, of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, passed away at 11:41 a.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020, at the Aurora Nursing Center in Aurora, Missouri.  He was born August 1, 1942, in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Clyde and Claudia (Crider) Collier.
Jerald was a 1959 graduate of Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri and received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University.  
On March 17, 1963, he married Donna Sue Shelton in Springfield, Missouri.  
He spent a long career at McDonnel Douglas and Boeing working in a mysterious position in a secured location, the details of which he could never divulge so we can only assume he was a secret agent.
After retirement he enjoyed gardening, fishing and attracting enough birds to his yard to irritate his wife.
Jerald is survived by his daughter, Christie Strohm and son, Tom Collier and his wife, Summer all of Mt. Vernon and three grandsons, Cole Collier, Ryan Strohm and Ben Strohm, all of Mt. Vernon.  He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Cheryl Robinson of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, brother-in-law, Chris Shelton and his wife, Sheila of Mt Vernon, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, of 55 years Donna; his son, Jeff Collier; his sister, Peggy Holderbaum and her husband, Del Holderbaum and his parents, Clyde and Claudia Collier.
A graveside service, under the direction of the Fossett-Mosher Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 18, 2020, at the Summit Cemetery, northeast of Mt. Vernon.  Viewing will be held from 9:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020, in the funeral home chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Missouri Department of Conservation in Jefferson City, Missouri or Summit Cemetery Association in Mt. Vernon, Missouri.
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